Player News - Timberwolves

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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

Karl-Anthony Towns said he's going "back to his roots" and focusing on improving his 3-point shot this summer.

"It’s been paying dividends," Towns said. "My shot has looked the best it’s looked in about four years, and I’m really happy." He shot 34.1 percent from deep as a rookie, but he only attempted 1.1 treys per game. Towns has already solidified himself as a first-round pick in all formats, but the promise of a few more 3-pointers gives fantasy owners even more reason to be excited. Towns also said that he hopes to spend his entire career in Minnesota and that his fans can expect big things from the Wolves this season.
Jul 28 - 11:12 AM

Kris Dunn (concussion) has received medical clearance to resume basketball activities.

Dunn has been sidelined for two weeks while dealing with the concussion, but now the rookie can get back on the floor. We'd be a lot more excited about Dunn's fantasy potential if (when?) Ricky Rubio is traded.
Jul 25 - 12:55 PM

Jordan Hill has officially signed with the Wolves.

It's a two-year, $8 million deal, but Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders is reporting that the second year isn't guaranteed. The Wolves also signed Cole Aldrich this summer, so there won't be much playing time available behind Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Jul 22 - 11:04 AM

Kris Dunn (concussion) will not practice with the USA Select Team on Tuesday.

Dunn is being held out of Tuesday's action as he continues to deal with a concussion he suffered at summer league. While Dunn must be disappointed to sit out of Team USA action, his concussion won't be an issue that will affect his fantasy value. Barring a Timberwolves trade of Ricky Rubio, Dunn's fantasy value will be limited in 2016-17 so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about the rookie on draft day.
Jul 19 - 1:37 PM

Tyus Jones scored 27 points with two rebounds, 10 assists, two steals, seven turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Bulls on Monday.

He won Summer League MVP and really took off since Kris Dunn (concussion) missed time. Jones was dreadful in last year's Summer League, so the improvement is noteworthy. Still, he's not looking at many minutes with Dunn ahead of him on the depth chart.
Jul 18 - 11:12 PM

Ricky Rubio (thigh) will not play for Spain during Monday's exhibition vs. Lithuania.

Rubio suffered a minor injury last week and the Spanish national team has no incentive to risk his health in a preliminary game. This has no bearing on his availability for training camp, where he'll try to build backcourt chemistry with impressive rookie Kris Dunn.
Jul 18 - 10:05 AM

Wolves guard Tyus Jones has been named the Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

The Wolves were seeded 24th out of 24 teams in the Vegas tournament, but they'll play in the "Finals" on Monday thanks in part to Jones' efforts -- the second-year guard has averaged 19.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals through seven games. The Summer League First Team is rounded out by Jordan McRae (CLE), Ben Simmons (PHI), Bobby Portis (CHI) and Alan Williams (PHX). The Second Team consists of Tyler Ulis (PHX), Norman Powell (TOR), Kelly Oubre (WAS), Jaylen Brown (BOS) and Thon Maker (MIL).
Jul 17 - 11:37 PM

Tyus Jones poured in 29 points during the Wolves' semi-final Summer League win on Sunday, making 9-of-17 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws in 36 minutes of action.

Jones hurt his left wrist but didn't miss any time. He had his way vs. Suns rookie Tyler Ulis tonight, rounding out his line with six assists, three rebounds and one steal. His development could make it easier for the Wolves to part with Ricky Rubio at some point, but as long as Rubio and Kris Dunn are around there's not enough breathing room for Jones to be a fantasy asset.
Jul 17 - 8:03 PM

Adreian Payne shot 8-of-17 from the field on Sunday to finish with 18 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in just 21 minutes.

Payne blew up in the fourth quarter and he hasn't been shy offensively, attempting 13.3 shots through seven Summer League games, but he came in shooting just 40 percent in Vegas. The Wolves beefed up their frontcourt via free agency this offseason, limiting Payne to a bit role even if Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic fall out of the picture.
Jul 17 - 8:02 PM

Kris Dunn (concussion) will not play in Sundays' summer league game vs. the Suns.

Dunn has been one of the more impressive players during summer league, but it's looking like we won't get to see him again until preseason. The Wolves reportedly are sticking with Ricky Rubio, as they believe Dunn can play alongside him, but that's not to say that Rubio is 100 percent safe in Minnesota. If the Timberwolves management feel at any point that Rubio and Dunn aren't an ideal pairing, expect Rubio to be the one shipped out of town, with heavy minutes falling to Dunn.
Jul 17 - 5:55 PM

The Wolves want Nikola Pekovic to report early for training camp "so the doctors and everybody can work with him," according to team owner Glen Taylor.

Pekovic was shut down in February due to a persistent Achilles injury, and he hasn't been healthy for years. "We’re going to try to get him in here early to make sure he’s in physical shape and look at that foot and make sure it doesn’t reoccur again," Taylor said. Even if Pekovic is healthy enough to earn a spot in the rotation, his fantasy appeal has been decimated by the arrival of Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich.
Jul 17 - 11:45 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor doesn't expect Ricky Rubio to be traded, but he said the team wants Rubio to improve his shooting.

"I don't see [a trade] as a likely possibility, Taylor said. "He plays defense, he gets assists, he helps the others get better ... I think [coach Tom Thibodeau] wants to bring an assistant coach to help Ricky on his shooting and I think that’s where we’re going to start out and go, and we’ll see how good Kris Dunn is." Thibodeau has suggested that Dunn and Rubio can share the backcourt, but the veteran's name will likely be a staple of trade rumors this season.
Jul 17 - 11:42 AM

Tyus Jones made two game-winning free throws with one second left during an 81-79 victory over the Wolves, finishing with 21 points, three rebounds, eight assists, three steals, seven turnovers and two 3-pointers.

It was one of the most horrible foul calls in Summer League to get Jones to the line. Jones clearly kicked out his right leg to draw the foul and the ref fell for it (video in the link below). Jones has more assists than anyone in Las Vegas this year, but his playing time doesn't look great next year with Kris Dunn in the fold.
Jul 16 - 6:10 PM

Kris Dunn (concussion) will not play on Saturday.

The Wolves are in the quarterfinals, so a win could get them another game. Although, the Raptors have been great, so Dunn is likely done. He was spectacular in his first two games as arguably the most impressive player this month before he was diagnosed with a concussion. He played some shooting guard, so he might get minutes at both guard spots for the Wolves in his rookie season.
Jul 16 - 3:46 PM


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