Player News - Timberwolves

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Adrian Wojnarowski hinted that Andrew Wiggins could be on the chopping block in Minnesota.

"It’s more of a question of Wiggins," said Woj. "That to me would be, if someone was going to get moved — and I’m not saying anyone’s going to get moved — I think Wiggins is the one you’re going to look at first." Wiggins isn't all that great of a fit next to Jimmy Butler, so if the Wolves do decide to shake things up this summer, Wiggins would be the most likely guy to be sent elsewhere.
Source: Uproxx
May 23 - 12:04 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski doubts that the Timberwolves will try to trade Karl-Anthony Towns this summer.

"I think their owner would trade management/the coach before they would trade Karl-Anthony Towns," Wojnarowski said. "I don’t think they would allow that. I just don’t believe they’d allow that kind of decision." There have been some rumors floated around recently that KAT is at odds with management, but it would make zero sense for the Wolves to try and move their franchise center, particularly with him eligible for an extension this summer.
Source: Uproxx
May 23 - 11:59 AM

The Timberwolves have "taken some calls" on Karl-Anthony Towns, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Earlier this week on his podcast, ESPN's Zach Lowe said that Towns and the Wolves were "not in a good place." Windhorst reports that he doesn't think the Wolves are looking to trade KAT, but "teams are definitely sniffing around." It seems extremely unlikely that Minnesota would seriously consider moving Towns, but stranger things have happened. We will certainly keep an eye on this situation over the summer.
Source: NBC Sports
May 22 - 12:26 PM

According to Zach Lowe on ESPN's Lowe Post Podcast, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Wolves are not in a good place right now.

Lowe also mentioned local Minnesota reporter Darren Wolfson of KSTP had similar thoughts, and ESPN's Brian Windhorst mentioned that the Celtics could possibly take a look at a KAT deal. To be very clear here, there is nothing to report on a trade even being close, so just keep this in mind in July. The Wolves are not going to have cap space and they're one of the shallowest teams in the NBA.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 3:10 PM

The Wolves are interested in bringing back Derrick Rose, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic.

Wolves coach and president, Tom Thibodeau, took some heat for signing Rose at the end of last season, but Derrick played surprisingly well in the playoffs. Rose averaged 14.2 points (on 50.9 percent shooting), 2.6 assists and 1.4 treys during Minnesota's five-game series vs. Houston. Assuming he's willing to come back for the veteran's minimum, expect him to re-up with Minny. However, the issue is that Rose would eat into the playing time of Tyus Jones.
May 12 - 1:28 PM

Jamal Crawford will decline his 2018-19 player option to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The 38-year-old guard will opt out of his $4.5 million salary to hit the open market. Crawford only signed a two-year deal with Minnesota and he apparently would like to play for more than one year, or he believes he can fetch a bigger deal. He was a good fit with the Wolves and could return there, as well, especially since Jimmy Butler has reportedly been lobbying management to retain Crawford.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 7:03 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau wants to add wing players and 3-point shooters during the offseason.

"We do have to take more [three-pointers], and that's something we're going to work on," Thibodeau said. Minnesota ranked dead last in 3-point attempts during both the regular season and the playoffs, so this isn't exactly shocking. Karl-Anthony Towns was actually their most accurate shooter from the perimeter, at 42.1%, and Nemanja Bjelica was the only other player above 37.0%. Bjelica is a restricted free agent, while Jamal Crawford has a $4.5 million player option, and if both guys leave the Wolves will be even more desperate for shooters.
Apr 30 - 2:29 PM

Tom Thibodeau confirmed that "general soreness" was the reason Jimmy Butler sat out the final 14 minutes of the Wolves' season-ending loss on Wednesday.

Thibs added that "we saw how tough [Butler] is" to return at the end of the regular season just six weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He should be ready to go for training camp and it will be interesting to see what changes the Wolves have in store -- Thibs mentioned that he liked playing Butler at the four with two point guards on the court, so we could see more small-ball lineups next season.
Apr 30 - 2:20 PM

The Wolves' season ended on Wednesday despite Karl-Anthony Towns getting 23 points (9-of-14 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes.

KAT failed to score double-digit points in Games 1 & 2, but he began to decode the Rockets' swarming, switching defense with three straight double-doubles. He stayed aggressive when the Rockets went small without Clint Capela tonight, forcing coach Mike D'Antoni to re-insert Capela, which is exactly the type of gameplan-altering impact KAT needed to have in this series -- unfortunately, it's a case of 'too little, too late' for the Wolves' franchise centerpiece.
Apr 26 - 12:53 AM

Tyus Jones (knee) came off the Wolves' bench on Wednesday for three assists and two rebounds in 11 minutes, but he missed his lone shot attempt.

Jones sat out Game 4 on Monday because he couldn't get his ailing knee "loose" enough to play, according to coach Tom Thibodeau. He'll have plenty of time to rest up with Minnesota getting eliminated tonight.
Apr 26 - 12:52 AM

Jeff Teague (finger) shot 6-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Wednesday, going 3-of-5 from deep with seven assists, four rebounds and one turnover in 37 minutes.

Teague dislocated his pinkie finger during Game 4 but returned after having it re-set, and there was never any doubt about his status tonight. He quietly put up top-60 value in his first season with the Wolves and should stick in that range next season -- Teague will earn a guaranteed $19.0 million and the Wolves' core is almost entirely under contract for 2018-19, so we're not expecting drastic shifts in fantasy value.
Apr 26 - 12:52 AM

Jimmy Butler sat out the final 14 minutes of Wednesday's season-ending loss because of "knee soreness," according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Butler returned from right knee surgery on Apr. 6 and had just three regular-season games to prepare for the playoffs. He finished the Wolves' 4-1 series loss with averages of 15.8 points, 1.6 triples, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and a mere 1.0 turnovers in 34.0 minutes. We'll assume the soreness is within the normal bounds for a player returning from surgery, but will keep an eye on him as Minnesota conducts exit interviews.
Apr 26 - 12:51 AM

Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) said he's ready to play in Game 5 on Wednesday.

It's unclear how many minutes Jones might earn even at full strength, however, since Derrick Rose has been great in the backup-PG role during this series.
Apr 25 - 8:50 PM

Jeff Teague went through shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to play against the Rockets.

He dislocated his finger in Game 4 and was able to return, but coach Tom Thibodeau said it Teague is doing better. "[The injury is] a weird sort of thing. That hurt him some, but he’s fine today," Thibodeau said. Teague will be in the lineup today, but he may not be 100 percent. Derrick Rose is a chalky punt play today.
Apr 25 - 5:11 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) participated in shootaround and will "hopefully" be available to play in Game 5 Wednesday night vs. Houston.

Jones only logged seven minutes in Game 3 and was ruled out of Game 4 on Monday. "I think he’s feeling better," said Thibs after shootaround. "He will go through [preagme] warmups tonight. Hopefully, he’ll be available." Derrick Rose will continue to see extended minutes if Jones is ruled out. Over the first four games of the series, Rose is averaging 14.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 23.7 minutes per contest.
Apr 25 - 1:39 PM


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