Nov 24, 2014, 11:38 AM EST
Trail Blazers star keeps elevating game. Will he ever level off?
Oct 18, 2014, 12:01 AM EST
The player option for next year is likely what has Houston balking.
Oct 16, 2014, 4:44 PM EST
Budinger has missed 100 games in the last two seasons with the Timberwolves.
UPDATED Report: Timberwolves make push for Eric Bledsoe, Suns not interested in sign-and-trade talks
Sep 19, 2014, 5:11 PM EST
It has to be a sign and trade and Minnesota doesn’t have a lot of leverage here.
Sep 19, 2014, 12:01 AM EST
Saunders wants the rookie to earn it.
Aug 25, 2014, 10:33 AM EST
With the Wolves going young he will get his chance to prove he belongs.
Aug 23, 2014, 1:14 PM EST
The waiting is over.
Aug 11, 2014, 9:33 PM EST
Andrew Wiggins has hired this entire situation as well as could be expected.
Apr 7, 2014, 9:26 PM EST
Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad injured
Mar 28, 2014, 2:45 PM EST
Minnesota is now paying the price for David Kahn’s biggest mistake as general manager — refusing to give Kevin Love the full five-year max salary extension. (He was saving it for Ricky Rubio, the guy he drafted.) What Love ended up with was a four year deal — but he pushed for and got on…
Feb 17, 2014, 9:16 PM EST
The Memphis Grizzlies have a very stout defense but need more scoring punch, particularly outside shooting, if they are going to advance deep in the playoffs again (Courtney Lee has been a big boost here). The Minnesota Timberwolves need more consistent defense if they have hopes of making a playoff push (it’s not likely this…
Jan 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EST
Kevin Love is frustrated — and he should be. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the point differential of a team that should be 23-12 (according to Basketball-Reference.com), yet they are 17-18. Minnesota is 0-10 in games that ended within five points, which is a combination of some bad luck and some poor execution at the end…
Jan 8, 2014, 7:40 PM EST
Minnesota is better than its .500 record shows — the team’s point differential is that of a 22-12 team, if you use Basketball-Reference.com’s numbers. At some point they are going to start winning the close games they are losing and go on a little run. It will help that Chase Budinger is back in the…
Dec 18, 2013, 9:05 PM EST
Chase Budinger was expected to start and be a key part of the Minnesota attack — he can shoot the three and is very athletic so he can finish in transition. He’s a great fit with their Kevin Love/Ricky Rubio attack. However, for the second straight year Budinger has been sidelined by a knee injury…
Nov 26, 2013, 12:16 PM EST
The first rule for a GM in “winning” a trade is to make the other GM think he’s winning it. Even if you think you’re fleecing him. The swap sending Derrick Williams to Sacramento and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Minnesota — which has become official — would have been an easy sell for both…
Nov 14, 2013, 5:03 PM EST
Minnesota is off to a fast 6-3 start with a top 10 offense and defense (as much as you want to read into anything this early). Think how much better they will be bringing a super athletic wing who can run the floor off the bench. Chase Budinger suffered a torn meniscus in his left…
Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EST
To celebrate a new season, we bring you a new set of NBA Power Rankings from PBT. Let the kvetching about your ranking begin! Just remember that this is an exercise in fun — these are meaningless as the NBA has a playoff system to decide who is best. What sport would rely on journalist’s…
Oct 22, 2013, 3:02 PM EST
Derrick Williams is going to stay with the Timberwolves — the team is picking up his option for this season as expected, reports the Associated Press. On the very surface this seems a simple and smart move — he started 56 games for the Wolves last season, averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds a game…
Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EST
Last season: The Timberwolves never had much of a chance to finish better than their 31-51 record, thanks to a rash of injuries to the team’s top players. Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger and Nikola Pekovic all missed substantial time due to injury, rendering the season an unforced failure in the process. Signature highlight…
Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EST
In today’s NBA teams are hesitant to give timelines for injury recovery. You can thank Andrew Bynum and Derrick Rose for that; teams are trying to avoid a public relations hit with their fans. Following reports of cartilage damage that cause swelling in his knee, Chase Budinger had knee surgery on Monday and had his…
Sep 27, 2013, 1:03 PM EST
The injury bug just will not leave the Minnesota Timberwolves alone. A season after they lost Kevin Love for much of the year when he broke his hand twice, and after Ricky Rubio missed part of the season (and wasn’t himself for much of it) recovering from a major knee injury comes this news: Chase…
Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EST
Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…
Aug 29, 2013, 4:37 PM EST
Last season, Derrick Williams played the majority of his minutes at the four spot, where the banged up Timberwolves most needed him. When they went small he got a little time at the five (he scored well as a center but as you might imagine struggled to defend). And he played a sliver of time…
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