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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    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…

  5. Flip Saunders sets training camp as a deadline for Timberwolves to sign Nikola Pekovic

    Aug 12, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic

    The Tiimberwolves remain at a standstill in terms of contract talks with restricted free agent Nikola Pekovic, but the team remains committed to the belief that they will be able to re-sign him at some point before next season. When we last checked in on the situation, the two sides seemed fairly far apart, with…

  6. 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…

  7. Nikola Pekovic will miss EuroBasket while waiting on new NBA contract

    Aug 6, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic will not be competing for Montenegro in next month’s EuroBasket championships. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ center was expected to be an important part of his team’s attempt to qualify for next year’s FIBA Championships and eventually the 2016 Olympics, but his contract situation with the NBA will prevent that from happening this year. Pekovic…

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

    Aug 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

  13. Why hasn’t Nikola Pekovic signed with the Timberwolves yet?

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic is a restricted free agent with the Timberwolves, but despite the team tendering a fair offer in the neighborhood of four years and $50 million, he remains unsigned. Considering that Minnesota will match any offer for Pek in that vicinity, it would seem to make sense that the two parties wrap things up…

  14. Who is left on free agent market? Pickings getting slim but a few good players out there

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Free agency has been open for more than two weeks now and most of the big names are gone, not just Dwight Howard but also guys like Andrew Bynum, Mike Dunleavy, Al Jefferson, Andrei Kirilenko, Quentin Richardson, Nick young and more. But there are a few name guys left on the market. Guys with flaws…

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

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 11, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Luke Ridnour traded from Timberwolves to Bucks

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    We don’t know who the starting point guard in Milwaukee will be next season — Jeff Teague just signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet that the Hawks can match; plus the Bucks still have the rights to Brandon Jennings (a restricted free agent). However, we know who the backup point guard will be. Luke…

  18. Report: Mavericks to target Samuel Dalembert now that Andrew Bynum has signed with Cavaliers

    Jul 10, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    Wednesday began with such promise in Dallas, but ultimately ended in some level of disappointment. The Mavericks began the day meeting with free agent big man Andrew Bynum. The club had its medical staff do some evaluations, and there was a lunch with Bynum’s agent and team executives where the early stages of contract negotiations…

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

    Jul 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    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…

  20. 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…

  21. Next big free agent questions: What about Brandon Jennings and the other restricted free agents?

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings. Nikola Pekovic. Jeff Teague. Gerald Henderson. Timofey Mozgov. Gary Neal. These are the guys who could still make free agency interesting… if another team gets desperate enough to make a big offer. Now that the big name truly free — meaning unrestricted — free agents are off the market, we turn our attention…

  22. Dwight Howard and James Harden could form NBA’s best duo

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Dwight Howard is a center. James Harden is a guard. Howard is one of the NBA’s best defenders. Harden is one of the league’s top offensive players. Howard is an elite interior scorer. Harden’s range extends beyond the 3-point line. Howard is excellent as the screener in pick-and-rolls. Harden is superb as the ball-handler on…

  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. NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker

    Jun 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Top prospects pose together with NBA Commissioner David Stern for a group picture before the start of the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn,  New York

    The time for rumors, smokescreens and agents pumping up clients is gone — NBA teams are on the clock. The 2013 NBA Draft is here. In this post we will update you with every pick, telling you a little about the player your team just selected. We’ll also keep you up to date with all…

  25. Report: Trail Blazers trying to land traditional center, target Pekovic, Splitter

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter,  Earl Clark

    LaMarcus Aldridge is a four. A big four, an All-Star four, but he has been forced to play a lot of five — a lot of center — over the course of his career and that can be hit and miss for him. So the trail Blazers are targeting a real center this off-season to…

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