Player News - Timberwolves

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Fred Hoiberg did have a face-to-face interview with the Magic.

While this is somewhat moot because the Magic hired Scott Skiles, it's worth noting Hoiberg is very likely to be headed to the NBA. The Bulls are the heavy favorite to land The Mayor.
May 29 - 10:21 PM

Fred Hoiberg and Chicago management reportedly have a "gentleman's agreement" in place for him to become the next head coach of the Bulls.

Iowa State's athletic director is reportedly already searching for Hoiberg's replacement, and it sounds very likely that Hoiberg will soon be announced as Chicago's next head coach. With Scott Skiles taking over in Orlando, and Hoiberg very likely to wind up in Chicago, Denver and New Orleans are now the only organizations remaining with an opening at the head coaching position.
May 29 - 11:50 AM

Fred Hoiberg is reportedly the frontrunner for the vacant Bulls head coach position.

Now that the Bulls have officially parted ways with Tom Thibodeau, Hoiberg is expected to be the Bulls' leading candidate to fill their open head coaching position. Other teams have reportedly been interested in Hoiberg's services, so we'll keep a close eye on this situation as the Mayor will likely find himself behind an NBA bench soon if he decides to leave Iowa State.
May 28 - 1:00 PM

Ricky Rubio said he really wants to "make it work" in Minnesota.

There are some trade rumors swirling around Rubio because of the Wolves failing to make the playoffs in any of Rubio's four seasons. He'll look to stay healthy this upcoming season and remains a risky mid-round pick in fantasy drafts.
May 20 - 7:57 PM

Timberwolves head coach and president Flip Saunders said that the Ricky Rubio trade rumors are "totally untrue".

NBA Insider Chad Ford said that Rubio's camp has been pushing for a trade for a while now, but Saunders firmly denied the report. The Wolves received the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's lottery and will likely target Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns, so Rubio's role as the starting point guard won't be in question next season. Rubio has had a lot of trouble staying healthy and will have plenty to prove after signing a four-year, $55 million contract, but it sounds like the Wolves have his back.
May 20 - 11:03 AM

Kevin Garnett told head coach Flip Saunders that he wants to continue playing next season.

Garnett will become a free agent on July 1, but all signs point to him remaining in Minnesota for what could be the final season of his career. KG's presence on the team could do wonders for the Wolves' young players, but we don't expect him to have more than a limited role on the court. At this point in his career, KG shouldn't be targeted on draft day and his value will likely be limited to deeper leagues.
May 20 - 10:21 AM

Timberwolves head coach and president Flip Saunders said that the team is not going to trade the No. 1 pick.

Saunders added that the pick gives them "flexibility", but this could mean that they have their eyes set on a certain player. Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns will likely be the two players that they decide between, but they will have plenty of time to ponder things in the coming weeks. Due to the health concerns of Nikola Pekovic, Okafor or Towns could have a solid role right out of the gate if they end up in Minnesota.
May 20 - 9:57 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor said that Kevin Garnett has been "working out really hard to get his knees into shape" since the end of Minnesota's season.

"I anticipate that he's interested in coming back," said Taylor, referring to Garnett's potential retirement. "I can't say that for sure, but I don't know why he would be out there doing what he's doing if he didn't want to come back." KG would be an ideal mentor for the Wolves' neophyte roster, including whoever they select with the No. 1 pick, but his fantasy relevance is limited to deep leagues at this stage in his career.
May 19 - 10:36 PM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor feels that it's "90 percent" likely Flip Saunders will return as the team's head coach next season.

"It's not definite but ... I think with the effort that he put in this year to bring this team along, that it's probably 90 percent," Taylor said. "I think eventually I want a different coach. I want [Saunders] to be the GM. My guess is that he'll go another year." It's noteworthy that Taylor openly admits he wants Saunders to focus his energies in the Wolves' front office, but for now it appears he'll pace the sidelines during the 2015-16 season.
May 19 - 10:32 PM

The Timberwolves claimed the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft during Tuesday's lottery, with the Lakers at No. 2 and the 76ers at No. 3.

The Wolves have their choice of prized prospects including Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay. With Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine already in the backcourt, however, Towns and Okafor stand out as the most logical targets. This was the first time in franchise history that Minnesota has landed the top pick, an ironic fact since their roster already features No. 1 picks Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Anthony Bennett (2013).
May 19 - 8:59 PM

Fred Hoiberg is not in the running to coach the Timberwolves next season, and it'll again be Flip Saunders as the head coach next year.

There were some rumors that Hoiberg could coach the Timberwolves due to his close relationship with current head coach and president Flip Saunders, but those rumors are reportedly nothing more than that according to Jon Krawczynski. Saunders was also quoted back in April saying that he would indeed return for another season as Minnesota's head coach, so there's no reason to think otherwise. It would be nice if Saunders would start developing Andrew Wiggins' 3-point game, but given his history with 3-point shooting, it would seem this is a very unlikely scenario.
May 19 - 3:56 PM

According to NBA Insider Chad Ford, Ricky Rubio's camp has been pushing for a trade for a while now.

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN countered this claim, saying that Rubio had been pushing for a trade in the past, but those talks died down once his four-year, $55 million deal was signed. There's a lot of speculation here with the premise being Minnesota may look to explore the market if they windup with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2015 draft and draft Emmanuel Mudiay, so we're a bit skeptical that Rubio will be wearing a different uniform when the 2015-16 season begins. Rubio's value is also very low right now after only making it through 22 games, another reason to not give this report much merit.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 3:17 PM

The Bulls reportedly view Fred Hoiberg as their No. 1 option for the head coaching position in Chicago, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

"The job will be Fred Hoiberg’s if he wants it," Wojnarowski said. "There’s not going to be any competition for him. Now, it’s conceivable that Fred Hoiberg decides to stay at Iowa State, but if they make a change and Tom Thibodeau is out, Fred Hoiberg is really the only candidate for this job from the Bulls perspective. But that doesn’t guarantee that he’s going to do it. I know he’s already had to give it thought because it’s real." If Hoiberg elects to remain at the college level, Alvin Gentry will likely become the next primary target for Chicago.
Source: CBS Chicago
May 15 - 2:07 PM

Chase Budinger, who recently exercised his $5 million option for the 2015-16 season, said that his left knee hasn't felt better in years.

"The knee doesn't really cross my mind anymore," said Budinger. "It's been feeling great all year. I've had no problems with it at all." Budinger has had some tough luck with injuries over the past few years including a couple of knee surgeries, but he played a pivotal role down the stretch for the Wolves after the team was decimated by injuries. Budinger averaged 33 minutes per game in the final month of the season, but his role will take a massive hit when the Wolves return to full strength prior to next season. As of right now, Budinger shouldn't be considered in standard-league drafts.
Source: Fox Sports
May 10 - 11:19 AM

Anthony Bennett has already started training in Santa Barbara and is hoping to lose 15 lbs.

It's great to see Bennett taking steps to improve upon his conditioning, and he is also reportedly focusing on fixing his shot mechanics. He is still widely considered to be a bust, and his season averages of 5.2 points and 3.8 boards are even more disappointing when you consider how bad the Wolves were. We will track his progress closely in the offseason, but he has a long way to go before he pops up on the fantasy radar again.
May 9 - 11:59 AM

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