Player News - Timberwolves

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Jimmy Butler has officially turned down the Wolves' four-year, $110 million range extension offer, according to owner Glen Taylor.

Butler has been in the news for reportedly being fed up with teammates and he also liked an Instagram post about him and Kyrie Irving joining the Knicks, but there was no doubt he was going to reject this extension offer. Butler stands to make a lot more in free agency next season when he'll be at 29 for his last huge payday. There will probably be a lot of rumors in the next eight months.
Jul 13 - 3:09 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns is reportedly in talks with the Timberwolves on a max rookie scale contract extension.

Towns is eligible to sign a five-year extension worth roughly $188 million this summer, and it sounds like that's the direction that this is heading. KAT has been an absolute beast since coming into the league, so this will be an incredibly easy decision for Minnesota management.
Jul 11 - 10:57 AM

Keita Bates-Diop scored 11 points and had six rebounds and four steals in Minnesota's summer league win over the Nets on Monday.

KBD dropped a nice double-double on Sunday and followed it up with another solid performance on Monday. Bates-Diop played well on the defensive end again which could earn him some extra minutes if he can translate it from the summer league to the NBA. He won't get too many minutes as the season begins, but will be worth watching what Thibodeau does with him as the year goes on.
Jul 10 - 12:51 AM

Jared Terrell scored 13 points and had five rebounds and one steal in just 19 minutes in Minnesota's summer league win against the Nets on Monday.

He just signed a two-way contract with the Timberwolves but led the team in scoring on Monday, continuing his pretty solid play to start off the summer league. With his contract, he's limited to just 45 days in the NBA during 2018-19, but if he continues to play well he may get to use up some of those days.
Jul 10 - 12:45 AM

Keita Bates-Diop had a 20-point, 11-board double-double in Sunday's Summer League win, adding two assists, one steal, three triples and two blocks across 35 minutes.

Bates-Diop had a tough time getting his shot to drop early, but he stayed aggressive and did a nice job getting to the line, and came up with some big plays down the stretch for Minnesota. He's ripe with potential, but Tom Thibodeau has a history of not giving his rookies much leash, so it could be tough for him to establish himself as an impact player in fantasy hoops during rookie year.
Jul 8 - 4:57 PM

Clifford Rozier has died following a heart attack. He was 45.

His brother Kobie posted the news to Facebook. Rozier was the 16th pick in the 1994 Draft and played four seasons in the league with the Warriors, Raptors and Timberwolves.
Jul 8 - 10:08 AM

Josh Okogie made 2-of-10 from the field for 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks, five turnovers and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

His motor was the big headline with emphatic defensive plays around the rim. Okogie struggled on offense to start this one, but showed off his strength on an and-one bucket at the rim and even had some nice dimes. He was a good jump shooter at Georgia Tech and will get ample opportunity to keep chucking in Vegas.
Jul 7 - 12:55 AM

The Wolves signed Rhode Island guard Jared Terrell to a two-way contract.

He'll spend most of his time in the G-League, but is allowed up to 45 days in the NBA during the 2018-19 season. Terrell played all four years at Rhode Island, averaging 16.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.2 triples as a senior. The Wolves will get a good look at him during the Summer League.
Source: Wolves PR
Jul 5 - 1:38 PM

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jimmy Butler is "all but fed up with the nonchalant attitude of his younger teammates, specifically center Karl-Anthony Towns."

Per Crowley's league source, Butler also said that he has no intentions of signing an extension with Minnesota. In addition, Butler and Kyrie Irving are determined to play together, "whether that means the Celtics try and acquire Butler this summer or the two simply wait a year, both opt out of their player options after the season, and join forces that way." We will wait and see how Butler responds to these rumors before placing too much credence in the report. Stay tuned.
Jul 3 - 1:10 PM

The Wizards have expressed interest in Jamal Crawford, Luc Mbah a Moute, Dante Cunningham and Willie Reed, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.

Last week it was reported that the Warriors players were lobbying management to make a run at Crawford. However, with DeMarcus Cousins agreeing to accept their mid-level exception, Golden State would now only be able to offer Crawford a deal at the veteran's minimum.
Jul 3 - 12:51 PM

Anthony Tolliver is finalizing a one-year deal with the Timberwolves.

Tolliver will provide the Wolves with some frontcourt depth, but his playing time will most likely be sporadic, so we wouldn't count on him having much fantasy value in Minnesota.
Jul 2 - 3:28 PM

Clippers executives have reportedly flown to Dallas to meet with free agent Anthony Tolliver.

Previous reports suggested that a minimum of five teams are interested in Tolliver, and L.A. sent a contingent of "top brass" to meet him at his own home. The Knicks are among the teams interested in Tolliver, whose 3-point shooting continues to bolster his appeal -- he averaged 2.0 triples on career-best 43.6% shooting from deep last season.
Jul 1 - 7:31 PM

The Wolves told Jimmy Butler that they'll offer him a max contract extension once he's eligible to sign on July 9, according to NYT's Marc Stein.

The extension would be worth around $110 million over four years, but beat writer Jon Krawczynski notes that there's "zero indication" Butler would accept the deal. He's slated to make $20.4 million next season and could opt for unrestricted free agency in 2019, at which point he'd make far more than $110M over four years. This could simply be a sign of good faith from the Wolves, letting their star swingman that they want him around long-term.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

Derrick Rose will return to the Wolves on a one-year deal according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the deal is for $2.1 million. The Wolves already have a solid backup behind Jeff Teague in Tyus Jones, but coach Tom Thibodeau obviously loves the former MVP. It's worth noting that Rose leapfrogged Jones late in the season, but the backup spot will likely be up for grabs in training camp. There's not many fantasy implications here.
Jul 1 - 12:52 AM

The Knicks are among at least five teams with interest in Anthony Tolliver, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The stretch four is arguably the biggest need around the league this summer, so it makes sense a lot of teams are looking to sign Tolliver. He may look for a min deal with a team like Golden State, or the Knicks could sign him on a one-year deal as a stopgap PF.
Jul 1 - 12:39 AM


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