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  1. Andrew Wiggins on trade for Kevin Love: “Whatever happens is out of my control”

    Aug 11, 2014, 9:33 PM EDT

    2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

    Andrew Wiggins has hired this entire situation as well as could be expected.

  2. Two disappointing Timberwolves to miss rest of disappointing season

    Apr 7, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

    Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shabazz Muhammad

    Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad injured

  3. Reports: Timberwolves not willing to talk Kevin Love trade. Yet.

    Mar 28, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Minnesota Timberwolves

    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…

  4. Wednesday And-1 links: Trade rumor updates, mostly bad news if you want trades

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Grizzlies' Tony Allen celebrates on the bench during the third quarter in Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in Memphis

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Today we start off with a heavy dose of trade rumor updates. • Talks between Memphis and Minnesota on…

  5. Report: Timberwolves, Grizzlies discussing Chase Budinger, Tony Allen trade

    Feb 17, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tony Allen

    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…

  6. Report: Some league executives think Kevin Love will bolt Timberwolves for Lakers in 2015

    Jan 10, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    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…

  7. Chase Budinger returns to Minnesota lineup Wednesday night

    Jan 8, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah

    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…

  8. Minnesota’s Chase Budinger cleared for contact, could return relatively soon

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    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…

  9. Breaking down the Derrick Williams for Mbah a Moute trade: It’s as win-win as it gets

    Nov 26, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    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…

  10. Monday And-1 Links: Craig Sager’s best suits

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The 10 best/worst suits of Craig Sager. Glad somebody finally put this together.…

  11. Report: Chase Budinger cleared for light activity with Timberwolves

    Nov 14, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    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…

  12. PBT NBA Power Rankings: Let the season begin!

    Oct 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    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…

  13. Timberwolves pick up option on Derrick Williams, now just have to find fit

    Oct 22, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    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…

  14. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Oct 9, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio

    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…

  15. Chase Budinger has knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Joakim Noah

    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…

  16. Timberwolves’ Chase Budinger suffers serious knee injury

    Sep 27, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    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…

  17. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    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,…

  18. Timberwolves going to try some Derrick Williams at the three

    Aug 29, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    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…

  19. Timberwolves want Rubio to become better shooter, scorer

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio can pass, that was never in question. He’s a good floor general and he sees the court and sets guys up brilliantly. But his shooting needs work. Last season he struggled to finish on the attack shooting 41.4 percent inside eight feet, plus he shot 34.6 percent from the midrange. He took the…

  20. Flip Saunders talks D-League (he loves it) and roster building

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders came into the Wolves and team president, decision maker and with a piece of ownership having the goal of making this team a winner. And improving the front office’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t bolt in a couple years, but frankly a big part of that ties back to winning. Saunders…

  21. Joe Dumars hopes Josh Smith-Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt can take cues from Hawks and Grizzlies

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

    Which team has the best starting frontcourt in the NBA? Depending on how you value the top player compared to the depth of the trio, there are several contenders including: Nets (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez) Bulls (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah) Nuggets (Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee) Warriors (Andre Iguodala, David…

  22. Report: Minnesota nearing deal with swingman Corey Brewer

    Jul 10, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Corey Brewer

    Minnesota is going to have one interesting team next season — a healthy Ricky Rubio at the point, Kevin Martin to space the floor on the wing, a healthy Kevin Love scoring points, Chase Budinger running on the break. There is a lot to like (especially if/when the re-sign Nikola Pekovic). And they may have…

  23. Report: Timberwolves to sign Kevin Martin to four-year, $28 million deal

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    The Timberwolves shot 30.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, dead last in the league. The difference between Minnesota and the 29th-place Magic was great than the difference between the third-best 3-point shooting team and the 21st-best 3-point shooting team. Not only did the Timberwolves need someone capable of making shots from beyond the arc, they…

  24. Report: Chase Budinger reaches three-year deal to return to Minnesota

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson

    Chase Budinger is the kind of explosive wing player that the Timberwolves need, it’s just that last season he was injured for much of the campaign (knee surgery, he played just 23 games). Just like the rest of the roster. But the value is still there and the Timberwolves realized it. That’s why the two…

  25. While the Lakers wait on Dwight Howard, they’re pursuing outside shooters for Mike D’Antoni’s system

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Chicago Bulls

    Dwight Howard is the Lakers’ first (and second and third) priority in free agency. They’ll meet with the big man on Tuesday with the hope that their pitch seals the deal on his return to Los Angeles where he will anchor their franchise and lead them into the post Kobe Bryant era. However, as the…

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