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

    Aug 6, 2013, 12:12 PM EST

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Jul 19, 2013, 11:44 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Luke Ridnour traded from Timberwolves to Bucks

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 10, 2013, 9:16 PM EST

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. Report: Minnesota nearing deal with swingman Corey Brewer

    Jul 10, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 5, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EST

    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…

  18. NBA Draft pick-by-pick tracker

    Jun 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

  20. Report: Cavaliers make trade offer for Kevin Love, Timberwolves take seconds to say no

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Why do you think Flip Saunders was brought in to be the new general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves? Yes, David Kahn’s act was old, but Saunders is there with one goal — repair the team’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t opt out and bolt in the summer of 2015. By all accounts…

  21. Flip Saunders says he expects Nikola Pekovic to be back with T’Wolves next season

    May 29, 2013, 10:38 PM EST

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic had a breakout year for the Timberwolves, and is a very nice piece to have as a core member of the starting lineup for a team on the rise. New president of basketball operations Flip Saunders intends to keep it that way in Minnesota, and said that even though Pekovic is a restricted…

  22. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  23. Report: Timberwolves interested in free agent O.J. Mayo

    May 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EST

    O.J. Mayo

    This seems an odd fit on the court and a challenge financially, but we pass it along anyway. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 tweets he has “heard from multiple angles” that new Minnesota GM Flip Saunders is interested in free agent O.J. Mayo. That would be the same Mayo the Mavericks really didn’t want back…

  24. Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters threw down huge dunks Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Harrison Barnes, Nando de Colo

    There were a couple of monster dunks on Monday we thought you’d enjoy. Above, that is Harrison Barnes (who we know can throw down) driving and then throwing it down over the Spurs Aron Baynes. I want Barnes to enter the dunk contest next year, then see if he can get some big man to just…

  25. Timberwolves owner says he hasn’t decided if GM Kahn will be back

    Apr 15, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

    davidkahn

    We have taken our fair share of shots at Timberwolves’ GM David Kahn over the years, and he made some bad gambles this year (Brandon Roy), but the disappointment of this season in Minnesota is not on him — injuries to Ricky Rubio (miss half of season after ACL), Kevin Love (broke his hand twice)…

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