Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Sam Mitchell has interviewed with the Kings for the vacant head coach position.

There's no word on how Mitchell fared in the interview, but he's not expected to get the job.
May 2 - 11:35 AM

Kevin Garnett hinted that he doesn't know if he will play in the 2016-17 season.

"I pride myself on being loyal," Garnett said. "I think I've proven that by coming back home to finish my career. I need to see how the next few weeks turn out to truly understand if everyone has that same loyalty. Then I will know what my future holds." He has one more year left on his deal worth $8 million, but he will be 40 years old in May and missed the last 37 games of the season due to injury. If he does return for one more season, he won't be a fantasy asset.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 9:38 AM

Tom Thibodeau said that Ricky Rubio has established himself as a "very good player."

"The point guard position is such an important position in the way the team functions," Thibodeau said. "You need to have a good understanding where guys like to get the ball, who has a good matchup, what’s going on in the game and keep the team organized and I think Ricky’s really strong in those areas." Rubio managed to stay healthy and played in 76 games this season, averaging 10.1 points, 8.6 assists, 4.3 boards, 2.1 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 37.4 percent shooting. He was a top-45 player in standard 9-cat leagues and should be a nice target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind his turnovers and FG percentage.
Apr 22 - 12:39 PM

Tom Thibodeau said that he wants to see a "dramatic improvement" on defense from Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the Wolves.

"He impressed me the way he scored against us when I was still coaching," Thibodeau said of Wiggins. "He made it look easy. I think the challenge — not only him but for his teammates — is there’s going to have to be dramatic improvement defensively. You have to make a commitment in that area." Thibodeau should be great for the development of Wiggins, and he did show some glimpses of his upside with averages of 20.5 points, 3.5 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.9 3-pointers after the All-Star break.
Apr 22 - 12:30 PM

New Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau is excited about Karl-Anthony Towns' potential on the defensive end.

"It’s pretty amazing for a first-year guy to come in and do the things he did. There’s obviously room for growth. But his skill set is very unusual," Thibodeau said. "He has the potential to be very good defensively, with his rebounding, his shot blocking. The way he plays the game, the way he sees the game, he has the ability to make other players better. He had a very impressive first year, but it’s just the beginning." Towns averaged 18.2 points, 10.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 blocks during his rookie season and will cost owners an early first-round pick in drafts next season. Yes, he's worth it.
Apr 22 - 12:24 PM

Tom Thibodeau has signed a contract to become the Timberwolves head coach and President of Basketball Operations.

Thibodeau got what he wanted with a lot of player personnel control a la Stan Van Gundy. Thibodeau is known for his defense and also playing his stars heavier minutes with tighter rotations. The Wolves were 27th in defensive rating last season, so they will almost certainly be increasing in that regard. Karl-Anthony Towns looks like he'll be a superstar in the Thibodeau system.
Apr 20 - 6:26 PM

Minnesota has reportedly engaged in serious talks with Tom Thibodeau to install him as the next President of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves will also reportedly hire current Spurs assistant GM Scott Layden as their new general manager, and the deal with Thibodeau will reportedly be a five-year pact. Given Thibodeau's history of granting his starters all the minutes they can handle, the Thibodeau hiring is excellent news for Karl-Anthony Towns, who should see no less than 36 minutes a night. KAT is going to be a first-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
Apr 20 - 1:02 PM

Sam Mitchell is reportedly set to interview with the Kings for their head coaching position.

Vlade Divac's coaching search is reportedly a list 17 names long, but so far Mitchell, Mark Jackson and Vinny Del Negro are the only guys who have officially scheduled interviews. The Kings are in no rush to make a hire, so there should be plenty more names added to the list of candidates throughout the offseason. For what it's worth, Mitchell has said that he's willing to accept a role as an assistant coach, and he's even considering going down to the college level.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

Tom Thibodeau is comfortable with Minnesota after working there as an assistant during the team's first two seasons.

Thibodeau met with the Timberwolves about their vacant head coach position and is reportedly seeking full control over player personnel and hirings. While there are other teams interested in Thibodeau, it sounds like we could see a new regime in Minnesota soon.
Apr 19 - 10:35 AM

Tom Thibodeau is looking for full control of the Wolves.

He wants to have final say on player personnel and hirings. The Wolves are one of the most attractive coaching jobs with all their talent and another high lottery pick coming in June. The Wolves offense was better than their defense, so it would be a good fit.
Apr 18 - 4:24 PM

Nemanja Bjelica said that he's happy to be in Minnesota.

"At the end of the day, I’m happy to be here," Bjelica said. "I belong in this league. I compete with the best players. Of course, I have some up and downs. This is normal. I’m just happy because I finish season in good way, like positive." Bjelica had a decent start and finish to the 2015-16 season, but he was a ghost from December to March. He will likely have a decent role off the bench next season, but that could change depending on what the Wolves do in the draft and in free agency.
Apr 17 - 10:17 AM

Tayshaun Prince said that he isn't planning on retiring.

"I feel good, who knows?" Prince said. "I’m not retiring. That’s not a question. Who knows what will happen. I know one thing: I didn’t expect to play 78, 79 games this year, I’ll tell you that much. But I feel good for the most part and we’ll see what happens." Prince wouldn't reveal if he would try to sign with a contender or re-sign with the Wolves, but the 36-year-old veteran will likely have a limited role regardless of where he lands.
Apr 17 - 10:12 AM

Zach LaVine said that he wants to get to the free throw line more next season.

"I’ll work on everything like I do every year," LaVine said of his summer plans. "I want to come back a totally new player. I have to get stronger, create contact, get free throws. That’s the next step for a dude who can score the ball: Get to the free-throw line." LaVine made significant strides in his sophomore campaign with averages of 14.0 points, 3.1 assists, 2.8 boards, 0.8 steals and 1.5 3-pointers on 45.2 percent shooting from the field. He will be a hot commodity in fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 15 - 1:13 PM

Shabazz Muhammad made 12-of-16 shots to score 28 points vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday, adding three assists and one steal in just 23 minutes of action.

One of Bazz's makes came from downtown and he contributed to an absolute trouncing of the Pelicans, as the Wolves scored 144 points with 41 assists on 56 made baskets. Sam Mitchell never seemed quite sure how to use the 23-year-old Muhammad, so hopefully the Wolves' next coach will have a clearer plan to maximize his abilities.
Apr 14 - 1:03 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns destroyed the Pelicans on Wednesday with 28 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal, making 12-of-17 shots with two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

KAT had 20 & 9 at halftime and took no mercy on a Pelicans' team that was even more short-handed than usual tonight. The prohibitive favorite for Rookie of the Year honors finishes the season with stellar averages of 18.2 points, 10.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 blocks in just 32 minutes per game. You'll need an early first-round pick to lock him up next season.
Apr 14 - 12:57 AM


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