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  1. Timberwolves want Rubio to become better shooter, scorer

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

    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…

  2. Report: Timberwolves to hire Wizards’ Milt Newton to be GM

    Aug 28, 2013, 8:58 AM EST

    Milt Newton

    Flip Saunders, the guy calling the shots in Minnesota, has been looking to hire a general manager. Saunders wanted somebody to do the day-to-day GM work (scouting, dealing with agents who call) and provide another voice on team issues. Apparently he found his guy in the Wizards front office, reports Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500…

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

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:37 PM EST

    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…

  4. David Kahn thought Flynn and Rubio were the next Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe

    Aug 16, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Jonny Flynn

    Ahh, the NBA Draft of 2009. That’s the year the Timberwolves were going to put all these great pieces around Kevin Love — Minnesota had three picks in the top 18. They selected three point guards — Ricky Rubio at No. 5, Jonny Flynn at No. 6 and eventually Ty Lawson at No. 18 (who…

  5. Saunders says Minnesota’s deal for Pekovic doesn’t impact Rubio, Love

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    It took a while to figure it out, but the Timberwolves had re-sign Nikola Pekovic — the big man provides the traditional post presence at both ends of the court the team needs to allow Kevin Love to do his thing. But the new five-year, $60 million deal leads to this question: Can the smaller…

  6. Nikola Pekovic agrees to 5-year, $60 million deal with Timberwolves

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:02 PM EST

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic was a restricted free agent this summer, so despite the fact that negotiations seemed to be dragging on longer than expected, the team remained confident that a deal would get done eventually. That day came on Wednesday, as the team locked up Pekovic with a contract worth $60 million over five years, according…

  7. Not that he was expected to, but Kobe not playing in World Championships

    Aug 13, 2013, 1:43 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kevin Durant and Kevin Love are in, but a number of Team USA’s biggest stars — LeBron James, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony — were expected to sit out the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain. It was kind of expected that Kobe Bryant was done with his Team USA time after London last summer (he’s…

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

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:12 PM EST

    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…

  9. Ten NBA must-watch games this season

    Aug 6, 2013, 7:24 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The NBA schedule is out and it’s a little like Christmas Day (unless you’re a beat reporter, then it’s explain to your wife how much you’ll be gone day, which is a lot less fun). Today is the day you can really start to taste the matchups that are coming. There are more good storylines…

  10. Differences over dollars still keeping the Timberwolves from signing Nikola Pekovic

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Nikola Pekovic

    The Timberwolves and Nikola Pekovic have been expected to come to a contract agreement for some time. But the longer the sides continue to negotiate, there seems to at least be a possibility that the relationship could sour. We broke down the many reasons for the delay a couple of weeks back, but it seems…

  11. Door is open if Aldridge wants to be part of Team USA next summer

    Jul 31, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    LaMarcus Aldridge

    What are you looking for in big men whose games translate to the international hoops style of play? They have to be athletic and able to run the floor (the USA plays an uptempo, pressure defense style), he needs to be able to defend multiple positions, grab rebounds, and he needs to score inside and…

  12. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  13. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  14. Report: LeBron will not play for USA in 2014, could well skip 2016 Olympics

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:34 PM EST

    London Olympics Basketball Men

    When Kevin Love and particularly Kevin Durant said they would come back to play for Team USA at the 2014 World Cup (FIBA’s World Championship, but they want to steal the soccer name now) it was a real coup. Durant could blow off the trip to Spain next summer for the World Cup and still…

  15. Kevin Durant, Kevin Love announce commitment to play in 2014 World Championships for Team USA

    Jul 24, 2013, 5:43 PM EST

    US forward Kevin Durant and US forward K

    LAS VEGAS – There were two surprise visitors in the gym for the third day of USA Basketball mini-camp on Wednesday, and as it turned out, they were there to make a formal announcement. “This is a big day and a big announcement for USA Basketball,” program Chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “Because two of our…

  16. Flip Saunders headed to NYC to meet with Pekovic’s agents

    Jul 24, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    It’s a negotiation. This is how these things go. The Minnesota Timberwolves want Nikola Pekovic back next season — he’s a perfect fit next to Kevin Love along the front line, plus he’s irreplaceable for any “Superman II” theme parties — but the team would like to get the most value it can. Pekovic wants…

  17. Who are the best free agents left on the board? Here are seven.

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Gary Neal

    There’s not much left out there. By this point in the summer the guys left as free agents are flawed and are still free agents for a reason. That said, there are still quality players out there who could help teams. Guys with skill sets that if used properly can bring real value to a…

  18. Team USA would love to have Derrick Rose back if he wants to play next summer

    Jul 23, 2013, 12:17 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Next late August and early September the eyes of the basketball world will be focused on Spain where the FIBA World Championships will be played. Team USA — which is working out some of the NBA’s young stars this week in Las Vegas to get a closer look at them — will be the favorites…

  19. Kevin Martin won’t play without a superstar anymore

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:37 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Six

    In nine NBA seasons, Kevin Martin has six times led a team in scoring – the Rockets thrice and Kings thrice. Martin, a dependable outside shooter with an ability to get to the free-throw line, has even scored up to 24.6 points per game. Last season, as the Thunder’s sixth man, Martin had to settle…

  20. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love express interest in playing for Team USA next summer

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EST

    Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

    About the time that Summer League is wrapping things up in Las Vegas on Monday, the NBA focus will shift to a four-day USA Basketball mini-camp being held in town through Thursday. The biggest names in the game will sit this one out, but there are spots to be had for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World…

  21. Kevin Martin says he considered returning to the Thunder for less money

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Kevin MArtin

    Kevin Martin registered his lowest points per game average in nine seasons last year with the Thunder, though his role there was a bit different than it had been with other teams in seasons past. Martin was tasked with a sixth man role in Oklahoma City, after playing starter’s minutes essentially his entire career before…

  22. Report: LaMarcus Aldridge’s camp suggests trades to Blazers GM

    Jul 18, 2013, 10:29 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers

    LaMarcus Aldridge has two years left on his contract, which will pay the 27-year-old All Star forward $30.4 million. But there have been all kinds of rumblings about him wanting out of the Pacific Northwest, which puts Portland GM Neil Olshey in the same position the Jazz front office was with Deron Williams (and Denver…

  23. Ronny Turiaf agrees to two-year deal with the Timberwolves

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:53 PM EST

    Ed Davis, Darrell Arthur, Ronny Turiaf

    Ronny Turiaf has agreed to a two-year deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agent Mark Bartelstein announced in a blast to several media outlets, including the Minnesota StarTribune. It’s a two-year contract worth $3.2 million that will see Turiaf added as big man insurance to a roster that already includes Gorgui Dieng and Chris…

  24. Report: Ronny Turiaf could be headed to Minnesota, too.

    Jul 11, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

    Ronny Turiaf,  Matt Barnes

    Does it seem to anyone else like Minnesota is signing every available free agent the last 48 hours? Veteran big man Ronny Turiaf could be part of that mix, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. He says the Timberwolves are the “clear frontrunner” to sign Turiaf, certainly for the league minimum. In his eight NBA seasons…

  25. Report: Timberwolves near four-year, $50 million deal with Nikola Pekovic

    Jul 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic is the kind of old-school big man who is a perfect fit next to Kevin Love in Minnesota. Pekovic can score efficiently in the post (he scored 16.3 points a game on 52 percent shooting last year), is good on the pick and roll, grabs rebounds and on defense is a big body…

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