Player News - Timberwolves

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Kevin Love will not play for Team USA this summer because he doesn't want to risk injury, according to the Associated Press.

Team USA announced that Love is not going to play, but obviously did not list a reason for his absence. This is perhaps the strongest piece of evidence that Love very badly wants out of Minnesota. His decision to sit out clearly shows he's trying to do all he can to make sure the Wolves are able to deal him, or he may not want to answer hundreds of questions every day. FOX Sports reported that he wants to go to Cleveland, and the Cavs remain the frontrunners.
Jul 26 - 9:59 AM

Kevin Love has relayed his desire for a trade to the Cavs, according to Fox Sports Ohio.

This isn't the strongest report in the world with words like "sources could not say for certain whether Love or [his agent] have made a formal trade request" and the headline of the story as 'Sources: Love may be requesting trade to Cavaliers.' Still, it makes sense for Love to want to be traded to Cleveland and the Cavs are definitely positioning themselves to strike up a deal. Now, it's just a matter of the Cavs and Wolves coming to terms on fair compensation.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 26 - 9:50 AM

The Knicks recently proposed a trade of Amare Stoudemire, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert for Kevin Love, but the Wolves declined the deal.

Give Phil points for trying but that's hilarious.
Jul 25 - 7:35 PM

The Wolves are higher on a Cleveland trade package centered around Andrew Wiggins than any other offer on the table for Kevin Love.

This isn't an Earth-shattering report and the Wolves getting back a high-upside No. 1 pick is a great return. The Wolves will have to wait 29 days before they can officially make a deal for Wiggins, but that's not going to stop them because the values of Wiggins and Love basically won't change until training camp. On the other hand, the Cavs reportedly do not want to trade Wiggins and another report from ESPN Cleveland says most of the Love-Wiggins talk is being leaked from the Minnesota side.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 11:48 AM

Wolves rookie Zach LaVine, who is listed at 6'5" and 180 pounds, said that he "definitely [has] to get in the weight room" this summer.

"I feel I’m a pretty physical person, just not the strongest yet ... But I use my speed to my advantage," he said. The Wolves' No. 13 pick averaged 15.7 points during Summer League and improved as the competition went along, and he could find himself with a big role if Minnesota deals away Kevin Martin and/or J.J. Barea in a deal involving Kevin Love. "Wherever [team president and coach Flip Saunders] needs to play me at. If that’s [point guard], I feel like I can handle the ball and run the team," said LaVine. "I like scoring the ball as well, so whatever he needs me to do; facilitate, shoot, defend, anything he needs me to do."
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 1:13 PM

In their pursuit of Kevin Love, the Bulls have reportedly offered the Wolves a package of Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic.

It's a legitimate offer and according to SheridanHoops.com, the Wolves may actually prefer it to the Cavaliers' theoretical offer of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick. Neither team could include rookies for almost a month, as they can't be traded until 30 days after signing their rookie deals, but the teams could 'unofficially' agree to a deal in the meantime.
Jul 23 - 11:11 AM

The Timberwolves may try to include Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea in any trade that involves Kevin Love.

Dealing away Martin and Barea would clear about $24.7 in guaranteed salary off the Wolves' books, while clearing more minutes in the backcourt for No. 13 pick Zach LaVine. The Bulls and Nuggets may still be in the mix for Love, but the Cavaliers appear to be the favorites if they consent to packaging Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, a future first-round pick, and enough spare parts to make the salaries match.
Source: News-Herald
Jul 23 - 9:24 AM

The Chicago Bulls are making a play for Kevin Love, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

While the Cavaliers are still thought to be the leader in the clubhouse to land Love, the Bulls have reportedly decided to throw their hat in the ring. While it's unclear at the moment who the Bulls would be offering, sources believe the Wolves would want a package built around Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. The Cavaliers and Warriors are still in play here, but the Summer of Love just got a lot more interesting.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 1:54 PM

Robbie Hummel re-signed with the Wolves on a one-year deal worth the minimum.

The Wolves didn't extend him to a qualifying offer last month, but he still received a guaranteed contract at a shade under $1 million. Hummel still hasn't been able to get his career off the ground since suffering two ACL tears at Purdue and he is unlikely to be in the rotation this season.
Jul 21 - 10:04 PM

The Timberwolves and Cavaliers have continued to discuss a possible Kevin Love trade over the weekend, according to ESPN's Darren Wolfson.

There are still conflicting reports about the Cavs' willingness to include Andrew Wiggins in a trade for Love. The Warriors remain very much in the picture, but it's similarly uncertain whether they might agree to include Klay Thompson. The Wolves would almost certainly jump at the chance to acquire Wiggins, an elite prospect on a rookie-scale contract, and it's noteworthy that the two teams are still having a dialogue. Check back soon for the latest updates in the Summer of Love.

Zach LaVine finished his summer league in impressive fashion on Friday, scoring 22 points with four boards, four assists, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

He shot 6-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line. LaVine's shooting numbers have been trending up and he's shown the ability to play at both guard positions. The 6'5" guard was usually taller than his opposition at UCLA, but he hasn't disappointed so far in his NBA career. He'll be worth watching in the preseason.
Jul 19 - 10:56 AM

Shabazz Muhammad did not play on Friday due to right ankle soreness.

He didn't have the greatest summer league, making just 37.1 percent of his shots on his way to 16.2 points per game. Muhammad had a 24-shot game in the opener back on July 12 and was able to finish strong with a 24-point game on July 17. He still has to add more to his game than just scoring.
Jul 19 - 10:42 AM

The Warriors are reportedly making another push to land Kevin Love, and they may now be willing to include Klay Thompson in the deal.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the Warriors have decided to finally include Klay Thompson, but Minnesota has let it be known that they are not interested in sending Love to Golden State unless Thompson is included in the deal. The Warriors and Cavaliers remain the favorites to land Love, but it's become apparent that that will not happen without the inclusion of Thompson (from the Warriors) or Andrew Wiggins (from the Cavs). Stay tuned.
Jul 18 - 10:36 AM

LeBron James has reached out to Kevin Love to express his desire to play with him.

The Cavs are looking into trading for Love and LeBron may have come to the realization it may take Andrew Wiggins being included in a trade in order to become a little better. No deal is imminent.
Jul 17 - 7:56 PM

Shabazz Muhammad scored a game-high 24 points to go along with three rebounds, one assists, and two steals on Thursday against the Kings.

He shot 7-of-13 from the field as well as 9-11 from the free throw line. Muhammad had a tough rookie campaign, spending most of it in the D-League. He has looked much improved in the Summer League thus far, but needs to prove that he can produce on a consistent basis.
Jul 17 - 7:07 PM


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