Player News - Timberwolves

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The Timberwolves are willing to let the market "play out" until LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh make their decisions, according to Yahoo! Sports.

It makes sense. There are going to be multiple teams missing the boat on making a splash in free agency, so those teams may be more willing to overpay. The latest rumor is Love for Andrew Wiggins, but there would have to be other moving parts for that to work. The Wolves keep pushing back their expectations on dealing the All-Star, but they'll be dealing him at some point.
Jul 9 - 9:40 PM

The Cavaliers are pursuing a Kevin Love trade with the Wolves, contingent on the signing of LeBron James, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

It's one thing to pursue a trade, it's another to make it. The Cavs have a lot of speculation surrounding their team right now, but adding Kevin Love to LeBron makes sense considering they'd need some help up front. The Cavs would almost certainly have to give up Andrew Wiggins to make this deal work while also getting rid of guys like Anderson Varejao.
Jul 9 - 5:04 PM

A radio host for ESPN Cleveland reported on Wednesday that the Cavaliers "have a deal in place" for Kevin Love, but the report has been refuted by Wolves beat writer Jon Krawczynski.

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio also reported that the Cavs may be "pursuing" Love, but the report of a done deal was simply incorrect. The Cavs do have enough assets to offer a compelling package if they go that direction, with No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins as the primary draw, but they'd be unlikely to pull the trigger with LeBron James still in play.
Jul 9 - 11:59 AM

Gorgui Dieng put on some bulk over the summer and gained 17 pounds, putting him at 252.

Flip Saunders asked Dieng to gain weight and put on some muscle, and he obliged. But we'll have to see what the Timberwolves' rotation looks like before getting excited about Dieng.
Jul 8 - 9:00 PM

Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders asked Shabazz Muhammad to lose about 15 pounds before the start of the 2013-14 season.

Muhammad was listed at 225 pounds last year and he's reportedly shed 7-8 pounds since the season ended. He played in only 37 games as a rookie but showed signs of life late in the season, shooting 56.4 percent in limited minutes in March and April. He has plenty to prove before emerging as a reliable fantasy option.
Jul 8 - 3:56 PM

Timberwolves sign rookie G Zach LaVine.

LaVine is 19 years old, having left UCLA after his freshman season, and the Wolves may have to be patient while he develops his game at the NBA level. He's an explosive athlete who should thrive in transition with the Wolves, who ranked 7th in fastbreak points last season, but LaVine is unlikely to be a reliable fantasy contributor as long as Kevin Martin and Ricky Rubio are locked into the starting backcourt.
Jul 8 - 3:15 PM

Timberwolves' head coach Flip Saunders had high praise for Zach LaVine after his first practice with the team.

"I thought LaVine was exceptional," Saunders said. "He has an unbelievable feel for the game. There is no question that he can play [point guard], his understanding of what we want to do, how to play and his ability to initiate the offense and be creative." The Wolves are also transitioning Alexey Shved to point guard on a full-time basis, so it looks like he and Lavine will battle it out for the backup spot behind Ricky Rubio. LaVine was drafted as a bit of a project, so despite the rave reviews, fantasy owners should temper their expectations for redraft leagues.
Jul 8 - 1:22 PM

Alexey Shved said he is ready to accept his role on the Timberwolves as a point guard.

Shved saw his numbers drop across the board in his sophomore season and Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders thinks a permanent move to point guard will help restore his confidence. "The thing that I like about him is defensively," Saunders said. "He is pretty long and lanky and stays in front of his guy and probably led us in rebounding in the scrimmage." Shved won't return much value in standard fantasy leagues, but he sounds like he's ready to accept his new role with open arms. "It doesn't matter - point guard, shooting guard," said Shved. "I just want to play."
Jul 8 - 1:15 PM

The Timberwolves reportedly aren't interested in what the Celtics have to offer for Kevin Love.

The Summer of Love's stop in Boston may have been for naught as the Timberwolves want more than what Boston has to offer. "Minnesota didn’t want anything Boston had two weeks ago, and it’s crazy to think that’s changed this fast," said a league source. "They may change their mind at some point, but I still think that’s going to take some time." It's starting to sound like Love won't be heading to Boston unless the Timberwolves lower their asking price or unless Danny Ainge is able to sweeten the pot by bringing in a third team.
Jul 8 - 9:19 AM

Gorgui Dieng will play in summer league at Las Vegas.

He was a revelation late in the season, so he should have a terrific showing against inferior talent. Dieng will join teammates Alexey Shved, Zach LaVine, Glenn Robinson III and Shabazz Muhammad. Dieng is likely looking at a backup role with the big club until the Wolves make some roster moves.
Jul 7 - 10:45 AM

Chase Budinger (knee, ankle) has been fully cleared for Monday's training camp with the Wolves.

It's a three-day session for Budinger, who missed the last six games of the season due to injury. Budinger had a knee issue earlier in the season and it kept his minutes down to a career-low 18.3 per game. If the Wolves do unload Kevin Love, Buds could be looking at some more shots from the perimeter.
Jul 4 - 3:07 PM

The Timberwolves are discussing an extension with Ricky Rubio.

This is likely a lower-priority item for the Wolves with free agency underway and they'll have until the regular season starts. Rubio is an inept scorer on his own, but his passing ability has been able to facilitate the Minnesota offense. His minutes shouldn't be hurt too badly by rookie Zach LaVine.
Jul 1 - 12:15 PM

Othyus Jeffers became an unrestricted free agent with the Wolves not extending a qualifying offer to him on Monday's deadline.

The Greek God of 10-Day Contracts may live up to his name next season. He played in two games with the Wolves and didn't make any field goals, so not even a mythical creature would have saved his spot on the roster. He actually got a start with the Spurs last year and played a total of six games in the NBA last season.
Jun 30 - 1:28 PM

The Wolves did not extend a qualifying offer to Robbie Hummel, making him an unrestricted free agent.

He had a few games with minutes in the 30s while the Wolves were banged up last season, but wasn't really productive. Hummel shot just 37.9 percent from the field in his rookie season and may have a tough time catching on with another team.
Jun 30 - 1:23 PM

Flip Saunders had pegged Zach LaVine as a potential draft pick since coming out of high school, and followed him throughout his first season with UCLA.

"We knew about him coming out of high school. We knew about his athleticism as a player," said Saunders, who has now overseen two drafts for the Wolves since returning to the team in 2013. "We followed him a lot. Saw him earlier in the year at UCLA and we had people see him... We just thought that he would be a great fit." LaVine is more of a deep-league asset as of right now, but depending on how the pieces are moved in a potential Kevin Love trade, he could enter the standard-league conversation.
Jun 29 - 9:34 AM


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