Player News - Timberwolves

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Karl-Anthony Towns has been named NBA Rookie of the Year.

As it should have been, the decision was unanimous. Towns put up ridiculous numbers, continued to improve as the season progressed and established himself as a first-round fantasy asset for at least the next decade. For the year, Towns finished with averages of 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.7 steals on 54.2 percent shooting, including 34.1 percent from distance. New York's Kristaps Porzingis and Denver's Nikola Jokic finished second and third in the voting. The Timberwolves are the first team in 42 years to have back-to-back Rookie of the Year Award winners.

Tom Thibodeau and Kevin Garnett are expected to meet in the coming weeks to discuss KG's future.

Garnett is under contract at $8M for the 2016-17 season, but his playing status is up in the air after he was limited to just 38 games this year. Even if The Big Ticket returns, he won't be a fantasy asset in any format. As an aside, the NBA could be losing three legends if Garnett and Tim Duncan decide to call it a career like Kobe Bryant already has.
May 16 - 9:41 AM

The Timberwolves have announced a Monday morning press conference in which they are expected to announce that Karl-Anthony Towns has won Rookie of the Year honors.

There really isn't another candidate more deserving of Towns, who put in averages of 18.3 points, 10.5 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks per game while suiting up for all 82 games during his rookie season. Those numbers were good enough for first-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, and KAT will likely cost you a top-7 overall selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
May 15 - 6:14 PM

Zach LaVine has reportedly been named to the USA Select Team.

C.J. McCollum, Myles Turner, Devin Booker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Stanley Johnson will be joining LaVine on the USA Select Team roster, and they will run some scrimmages against Team USA ahead of the Rio Games. LaVine made some major improvements during his second NBA season, and was a mid-round guy after the break with averages of 16.4 points, 2.4 treys, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Tom Thibodeau has an excellent track record with developing NBA talent, so LaVine should continue his upward trend during Year-3.
Source: NBC Sports
May 12 - 4:23 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns said that he will work to improve all aspects of his game this offseason.

"I've always been a big philosopher of in the offseason you work on every single facet of your game," said Towns. "Don't pinpoint something. Because you limit yourself if you specialize in something, and I'm not a specialist in anything. I'm a person and a player who bases off of versatility, trying to do every single thing really well." KAT was a first-round stud during his rookie campaign, and he figures to take another leap next year under Tom Thibodeau. He'll likely cost you a top-7 pick on draft day.
May 3 - 6:42 PM

Sam Mitchell has interviewed with the Kings for the vacant head coach position.

There's no word on how Mitchell fared in the interview, but he's not expected to get the job.
May 2 - 11:35 AM

Kevin Garnett hinted that he doesn't know if he will play in the 2016-17 season.

"I pride myself on being loyal," Garnett said. "I think I've proven that by coming back home to finish my career. I need to see how the next few weeks turn out to truly understand if everyone has that same loyalty. Then I will know what my future holds." He has one more year left on his deal worth $8 million, but he will be 40 years old in May and missed the last 37 games of the season due to injury. If he does return for one more season, he won't be a fantasy asset.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:38 AM

Tom Thibodeau said that Ricky Rubio has established himself as a "very good player."

"The point guard position is such an important position in the way the team functions," Thibodeau said. "You need to have a good understanding where guys like to get the ball, who has a good matchup, what’s going on in the game and keep the team organized and I think Ricky’s really strong in those areas." Rubio managed to stay healthy and played in 76 games this season, averaging 10.1 points, 8.6 assists, 4.3 boards, 2.1 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 37.4 percent shooting. He was a top-45 player in standard 9-cat leagues and should be a nice target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind his turnovers and FG percentage.
Apr 22 - 12:39 PM

Tom Thibodeau said that he wants to see a "dramatic improvement" on defense from Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the Wolves.

"He impressed me the way he scored against us when I was still coaching," Thibodeau said of Wiggins. "He made it look easy. I think the challenge — not only him but for his teammates — is there’s going to have to be dramatic improvement defensively. You have to make a commitment in that area." Thibodeau should be great for the development of Wiggins, and he did show some glimpses of his upside with averages of 20.5 points, 3.5 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers after the All-Star break.
Apr 22 - 12:30 PM

New Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau is excited about Karl-Anthony Towns' potential on the defensive end.

"It’s pretty amazing for a first-year guy to come in and do the things he did. There’s obviously room for growth. But his skill set is very unusual," Thibodeau said. "He has the potential to be very good defensively, with his rebounding, his shot blocking. The way he plays the game, the way he sees the game, he has the ability to make other players better. He had a very impressive first year, but it’s just the beginning." Towns averaged 18.2 points, 10.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 blocks during his rookie season and will cost owners an early first-round pick in drafts next season. Yes, he's worth it.
Apr 22 - 12:24 PM

Tom Thibodeau has signed a contract to become the Timberwolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations.

Thibodeau got what he wanted with a lot of player personnel control a la Stan Van Gundy. Thibodeau is known for his defense and also playing his stars heavier minutes with tighter rotations. The Wolves were 27th in defensive rating last season, so they will almost certainly be increasing in that regard. Karl-Anthony Towns looks like he'll be a superstar in the Thibodeau system.
Apr 20 - 6:26 PM

Minnesota has reportedly engaged in serious talks with Tom Thibodeau to install him as the next President of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves will also reportedly hire current Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden as their new general manager, and the deal with Thibodeau will reportedly be a five-year pact. Given Thibodeau's history of granting his starters all the minutes they can handle, the Thibodeau hiring is excellent news for Karl-Anthony Towns, who should see no less than 36 minutes a night. KAT is going to be a first-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Apr 20 - 1:02 PM

Sam Mitchell is reportedly set to interview with the Kings for their head coaching position.

Vlade Divac's coaching search is reportedly a list 17 names long, but so far Mitchell, Mark Jackson and Vinny Del Negro are the only guys who have officially scheduled interviews. The Kings are in no rush to make a hire, so there should be plenty more names added to the list of candidates throughout the offseason. For what it's worth, Mitchell has said that he's willing to accept a role as an assistant coach, and he's even considering going down to the college level.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

Tom Thibodeau is comfortable with Minnesota after working there as an assistant during the team's first two seasons.

Thibodeau met with the Timberwolves about their vacant head coach position and is reportedly seeking full control over player personnel and hirings. While there are other teams interested in Thibodeau, it sounds like we could see a new regime in Minnesota soon.
Apr 19 - 10:35 AM

Tom Thibodeau is looking for full control of the Wolves.

He wants to have final say on player personnel and hirings. The Wolves are one of the most attractive coaching jobs with all their talent and another high lottery pick coming in June. The Wolves offense was better than their defense, so it would be a good fit.
Apr 18 - 4:24 PM


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