Player News - Timberwolves

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John Lucas has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves will be bringing in both Lucas and Toure Murry to compete for a roster spot in Minnesota, but there are no guarantees that either guy will be able to displace one of the already guaranteed contracts on the roster. If, however, Lucas does wind up earning himself a regular-season contract with the Timberwolves, he'll just be serving as the third-string point guard on the roster.
Aug 24 - 11:35 AM

The Timberwolves have signed Toure Murry to a training camp deal.

The Timberwolves already have 15 guaranteed contracts on the books, so Murry will need to displace someone in order to earn a roster spot. Perhaps he can send Brandon Rush packing, but a best-case scenario for Murry would be him earning a spot as the third-string point guard on the roster. There's no fantasy value to be had here.
Aug 24 - 11:32 AM

Ricky Rubio thinks the Timberwolves are ready to take the next step in their development.

With a new head coach and plenty of young talent, Rubio expressed his excitement with the direction of the team. "I think we’ve got all the pieces together to make something happen," he said. "I’m really excited about the new coach and the new staff. They have a lot of years in their backpack and really can teach us how to reach the next level. I think we have the tools. We just have to put all them together." While Rubio has been the subject of trade rumors, he's poised for another solid fantasy season and will provide plenty of assists for owners who are willing to put up with his lackluster shooting percentage.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 9:48 AM

Zach LaVine said that he will enjoy playing for Tom Thibodeau.

"Yeah I worked out with coach a couple of times now," LaVine said. "He is really strict and he's ready to go, so I like that. He's going to push you and he's very aggressive and he tells you how it is." LaVine didn't have the best relationship with former coach Sam Mitchell, but his minutes should be stable under Thibs and he could be ready for a breakout after averaging 16.4 points, 2.4 treys, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game after the All-Star break last season. He should be the starting SG which puts him on the radar as a mid-round pick.
Aug 21 - 10:43 AM

Ricky Rubio admitted that his mother's health had an impact on him during the season.

"Sometimes at night during the season I was going through hell," Rubio said. "Waking up in, who knows, Sacramento, in LA, in the middle of the night alone in a hotel and thinking, `Why am I here? Is it really worth it?'" Rubio's mother has since passed away from lung cancer, and you can be certain he'll be playing with extra motivation during the upcoming campaign.
Aug 20 - 2:47 PM

Ricky Rubio struggled with early foul trouble on Friday, finishing a loss to the U.S. with one rebound, one assist and one steal, while going scoreless on 0-of-4 attempts.

Fellow starter Nikola Mirotic was hardly better with just seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes of action. Spain struggled to create offense when Pau Gasol wasn't scoring, and they'll need a more balanced effort to secure a bronze medal on Sunday.
Aug 19 - 4:33 PM

The Sacramento Kings have interest in trading for Ricky Rubio, according to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500.

To be clear, Wolfson reports that nothing is imminent on the trade front for Rubio and that he will indeed begin the year as Minnesota's starting point guard. However, if the Timberwolves ever look to shake things up in order open up some more minutes for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, the Kings are expected to be amongst the teams pursing a deal for Rubio. Although given what the Kings currently have to offer, it doesn't seem likely they'd be able to land Rubio.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Aug 16 - 3:51 PM

Kris Dunn said he is feeling great and that he's fully recovered from the concussion he suffered during the summer league.

"I feel great. I’m back on the court," Dunn said. "I’m just working to get better for training camp, but I’m definitely back." Dunn looked great in Vegas before going down, but he's looking at a lot of competition for minutes in Minnesota this season. "Whatever happens, happens. If I’m a starter or not a starter, I’m going to do whatever the coach needs me to do. I’m just here to learn." Ricky Rubio is the incumbent starter at PG, but his name has been in the rumor mill for a while and certainly could be traded. Dunn does have the ability to play some shooting guard, so that certainly helps his outlook.
Aug 12 - 12:26 PM

Ricky Rubio scored 15 points with four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 22 minutes against Nigeria.

Missing all four attempts from deep hurt his efficiency, but besides that he went 5-of-7 from two and made all five from the line. Rubio hasn't quite looked in rhythm in Rio, but the Spanish would've been in trouble today without him running the show -- he was a team-high plus-29. Yes, he can't shoot as well as he probably should, but Rubio is one of the best 15 point guards in fantasy.
Aug 11 - 7:53 PM

Ricky Rubio failed to score in 12 minutes of action for Spain on Sunday.

Teammate Jose Calderon didn't even play, as Spain divvied up their point guard minutes between Sergio Rodriguez (10 points, seven assists) and Sergio Llull (nine points, three assists). Rubio didn't score double-digit points in a game during Spain's silver-medal run in 2008, and it looks like he'll be marginalized again this summer.
Aug 7 - 8:23 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau was impressed by Kris Dunn at the summer league.

"This is just the beginning. But he’s very coachable, hard working," Thibodeau said. "He’s tough. He can break a defense down off the dribble, get into the paint, make plays. The fact that he tries to play both sides of the ball is important." His fantasy value will hinge on how much playing time he sees at shooting guard (in addition to his backup PG minutes), as Ricky Rubio is locked in as the starting PG barring a trade.
Aug 7 - 10:20 AM

Sam Mitchell said that Kevin Garnett may decide to retire due to the way Minnesota management parted ways with Mitchell.

Mitchell proclaims that the way Minnesota went about reconstructing their coaching staff "left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths, especially [Garnett's]," so it'll be interesting to see if KG decides to return for his 22nd NBA season. At this point in Garnett's career, he's no longer a guy worth targeting in any setting.
Source: Soundcloud
Aug 3 - 1:35 PM

Kevin Garnett had another meeting with Wolves owner Glen Taylor.

Garnett is still undecided about his future with the Wolves and nothing has been finalized after the meeting. Garnett is on the books for $8 million this season, but he has doubts that his knees will hold up which may force him to retire. If KG returns for one more season, he will have a limited role at best and won't be a fantasy option.
Aug 1 - 11:49 AM

Andrew Wiggins said his main focus this summer is improving his 3-point shot.

"The main thing I’m working on more than others is getting better outside the 3-point line," Wiggins said. "Also, ball handling and breaking my defender down, getting to the rim in different ways. But really, it’s 3-point shooting. Staying balanced, and making sure my shot is consistent for this year." Wiggins shot just 24.4 percent from deep before the All-Star break, but then hit 41.3 percent of his treys to close out the season. Wiggins also said he's hoping to get into the playoffs and believes that coach Tom Thibodeau will bring out the best in him.
Jul 31 - 9:58 AM

Andrew Wiggins said that two of his primary goals for this offseason are to improve as a shooter and ball handler.

"I’m working on everything," Wiggins said. "I’m trying to improve my ball handling, improve my shooting. Those are two of those most important things I’m doing this summer." Wiggins had a slow start to the 2015-16 season, but he put up solid mid-round value after the break with averages of 20.5 points, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game on 48.4 percent shooting. According to Wiggins' trainer he's been living in the gym this summer going through two-a-day workouts, and he's looked "scary good at times."
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 5:06 PM


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