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Wolves sign Rubio to contract extension

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the club has signed guard Ricky Rubio to a multi-year contract extension.”We are excited to sign Ricky to a contract extension and keep him as a foundation for years to come,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Flip Saunders. “He is annually among the league leaders in assists and steals, and his intangibles make him a very valuable player to our team. Ricky is only in his fourth season and because of his work ethic and determination, we are confident that he will continue to grow as a player and a team leader. We look forward to many great years ahead of Ricky in a Timberwolves uniform.” Click here to watch the press conference announcing Rubio’s signing

“I am happy to be staying with the Wolves and look forward to many successful seasons in Minnesota,” Rubio said. “Our fans have been great and I am excited to be able to play in front of them for many years. I will continue to work hard to improve my game and help our team get better.”

“This has been a long process and I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “We drafted Ricky over three years ago and had to wait two years for him to come over. He came to us with such high expectations and he immediately proved why we were so high on him. Unfortunately he got hurt at the end of his rookie season, but he has worked so hard to come back and we believe he has a long and successful career ahead of him. He’s a great foundation for our franchise and we’re very happy to keep Ricky here long term to work and grow with the young nucleus that we have.”

Rubio completed his third season in the NBA last year by averaging 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 8.6 assists - good for fourth in the NBA and the top single-season figure by a Minnesota player since Terrell Brandon’s 8.9 apg average in 1999-2000. He tied the club single-game assist record by dishing out 17 helpers on Feb. 19, 2014 vs. Indiana. The 6-4 guard ranks 4th among all players with 59 double-digit assist games since the start of the 2011-12 season and his 1473 total assists since the 2011-12 season ranks fifth in the NBA. Rubio has registered three career triple-doubles, tying him with Kevin Love for second on the Wolves all-time list.

Rubio registered a career-high and franchise-record 190 steals last season, including an NBA-high 10 games with 5+ steals. Rubio has finished second in steals per game in each of the last two seasons, including a single-season franchise record mark of 2.4 spg a season ago. His 421 steals since he entered the NBA are the second-most (Chris Paul, 478) over that span.

The Barcelona, Spain native was selected with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after playing professionally overseas since 2005. He signed with the Wolves prior to the 2011-12 season and finished runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 41 games.

Love trade to Cavs is official

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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Kevin LoveMinneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and a trade exception in a three-team trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers. In exchange, the Wolves will send Kevin Love to Cleveland while sending Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved to Philadelphia. The 76ers also received the rights to Miami’s 2015 first-round draft pick from Cleveland in the trade.Minnesota will introduce its new acquisitions at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, August 26. Additional information regarding the introduction will be issued later today.

“We are excited to add three young, talented and athletic players to our team in Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young,” said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. “With the additions of Wiggins, Bennett and Zach LaVine this summer, we have brought in three exciting young athletes who all have the potential to have an impact in this league. All three of them complement each other very well and we believe they will be foundations of our team for years to come. In Young we are getting a proven NBA player who is entering the prime of his career. Our fans will enjoy watching these exciting players this coming season and beyond.

“I appreciate all that Kevin, Luc and Alexey have done for our organization and wish them the best of luck with their new teams.”

“I want to personally thank Kevin Love for his six seasons with the Wolves,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “On the floor, Kevin has worked hard to make himself a great player in the NBA. He also made it a priority to give back to the community through his Coat Drive and numerous other charitable endeavors. He represented the state of Minnesota well during his time with us and we wish him nothing but the best in Cleveland. I also want to thank Luc and Alexey for their contributions to the team and wish them well in Philadelphia.

“I am truly excited to welcome Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to our team. Adding these young players, along with our No. 1 pick from this year, Zach LaVine, to our existing squad gives us a solid nucleus for the future.”

Wiggins, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, comes to the Wolves after a historic season at the University of Kansas. The 19-year-old set Jayhawk freshman records for scoring average (17.1 ppg), points (597), field goals attempted (422), free throws made (176) and free throws attempted (227). He scored a freshman-record 41 points at West Virginia becoming the first Kansas player to break the 40-point mark since 1991. Born in Toronto, Canada, Wiggins enjoyed a prestigious preps career, earning the Naismith High School Player of the Year and Gatorade Athlete of the Year across all high school sports in 2013 as a senior at Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia. Wiggins, a 6-8 forward, appeared in four games with the Cavaliers in 2014 NBA Summer League, averaging a team-high 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. With today’s trade, Wiggins becomes the first No. 1 overall pick traded before making a regular season appearance with the team that drafted him since Chris Webber in 1993 (traded to Golden State by Orlando).

Bennett, a 21-year-old forward from Toronto, Canada, was selected with the No. 1 overall pick out of UNLV in the 2013 NBA Draft. In doing so he became the first Canadian-born player to ever be drafted first overall (Wiggins became the second a year later). Bennett averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game for UNLV in 2012-13, including connecting on 53.3% from the field and a team-best 37.5% from three-point range en route to being named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year. As a rookie in Cleveland last season he averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game, appearing in only 52 games due to a variety of injuries and illnesses. Bennett appeared in four games with the Cavaliers in 2014 NBA Summer League, averaging 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Recent players selected No. 1 overall include NBA All-Stars Anthony Davis (2012 - New Orleans), Kyrie Irving (2011 - Cleveland), John Wall (2010 - Washington), Blake Griffin (2009 - L.A. Clippers), Derrick Rose (2008 - Chicago), Dwight Howard (2004 - Orlando) and LeBron James (2003 - Cleveland). Over the last 20 years, No. 1 overall selections have combined for 68 All-Star Game appearances, 50 All-NBA selections, eight Most Valuable Player honors and seven Rookie of the Year awards.

Young, a 26-year-old forward, has spent seven seasons in Philadelphia after being drafted by the 76ers with the 12th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Last season Young averaged a career-high 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals, becoming the first player to average 17+ points, 6+ rebounds and 2+ steals since Caron Butler in 2007-08. He tallied 30+ points four times this past season, including back-to-back games from Dec. 21-28, after topping 30-points just twice in his first six seasons. Young holds career averages of 13.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game over 516 career games (294 career starts).

Love, a 25-year-old forward, was originally acquired by Minnesota from the Memphis Grizzlies, along with Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins, in exchange for the draft rights to O.J. Mayo, Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner on June 26, 2008. The three-time NBA All-Star averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and a career-high 4.4 assists per game last season for Minnesota en route to earning a spot on the All-NBA Second Team, the second such honor of his career. Love has averaged 19.2 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in 364 games (282 starts) over his six-year NBA career.

Mbah a Moute, a 27-year-old forward, was originally acquired by the Wolves from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26, 2013. He appeared in 55 games with Minnesota, averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. A six-year NBA veteran, Mbah a Moute holds career averages of 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 399 career games (240 career starts).

Shved, a 25-year-old-guard, originally signed with Minnesota as a free agent on July 25, 2012. He averaged 4.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 63 games off the bench for Minnesota last season. The 6-6 guard owns career averages of 6.5 points and 2.5 assists in 140 games (16 starts) over two seasons.

Photo by Brad Rempel

Wiggins will wear No. 22 for the Wolves while Bennett will don No. 24 and Young, No. 33.

Timberwolves announce 2014-15 schedule; Cavs, Lebron visit Jan 31

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves will tip off their 26th regular season in the NBA as they travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Oct. 29. This season is the first time the Wolves have opened on the road since the 2000-01 campaign. The Wolves home opener is the following night, Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m., against the Detroit Pistons.The Wolves will enjoy four four-game homestands with the first occurring from Nov. 19-26, highlighted by a visit from the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs (Nov. 21). The second four-game homestand from Dec. 8-14 features visits from Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors (Dec. 8) and Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (Dec. 14). The third four-game homestand from Jan. 1-7 kicks off with a New Year’s Day game against the Sacramento Kings. The final four-game homestand is from Feb. 28-March 7 and features the lone visit to Target Center from Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Other notable home games include Jan. 31 vs. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dec. 12 and April 15 vs. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers return to Target Center on March 25 and Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets come to Minnesota on March 16.

The Wolves will play four nationally-televised games this season: Nov. 1 vs. Chicago on NBA TV, Nov. 12 vs. Houston in Mexico City on ESPN, Jan. 7 vs. Phoenix on ESPN and April 10 at the Los Angeles Lakers on NBA TV.

Minnesota’s 2014-15 local television broadcast schedule will be released at a later date. Following are key facts regarding the Wolves’ 2014-15 regular-season schedule.

Key Facts About the Timberwolves 2014-15 Schedule

By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: October/November (7 home, 8 away = 15 total, December (7 home, 8 away = 15 total), January (9 home, 8 away = 17 total), February (7 home, 4 away = 11 total), March (7 home, 9 away = 16 total), April (4 home, 4 away = 8 total).
By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (7 home, 7 away = 14 total), Tuesday (0 home, 5 away = 5 total), Wednesday (15 home, 5 away = 20 total), Thursday (2 home, 1 away = 3 total), Friday (7 home, 12 away = 19 total), Saturday (7 home, 6 away = 13 total), Sunday (3 home, 5 away = 8 total).
The Wolves enjoy four four-game homestands: Nov. 19-26 (NY, SA, SAC, MIL), Dec. 8-14 (GS, POR, OKC, LAL), Jan. 1-7 (SAC, UTA, DEN, PHO) and Feb. 28-Mar.7 (MEM, LAC, DEN, POR). Minnesota’s home schedule also includes two three-game homestands: Feb. 9-20 (ATL, GS, PHO) and Mar. 30-Apr. 3 (UTA, TOR, ORL).
Minnesota has four four-game road trips: Dec. 23-30 (CLE, DEN, GS, UTA), Jan. 13-19 (IND, PHO, DEN, CHA), Mar. 9-15 (LAC, PHO, OKC, SA) and Apr. 7-11 (SAC, POR, LAL, GS).
Minnesota will play on national television four times this season: Two times on NBA TV (Nov. 1 vs. Chicago, Apr. 10 at L.A. Lakers), and two times on ESPN (Nov. 12 vs. Houston in Mexico City, Jan. 7 vs. Phoenix).
The Wolves will play 19 back-to-backs: nine away-away, seven away-home, two home-away and one home-home. Last year the Wolves had 20 back-to-back sets.
The Wolves will open their regular-season slate on the road against Memphis on Wednesday, Oct. 29, the first time since the 2000-01 campaign the Wolves have opened a season away from Target Center. The Wolves are 15-10 in season openers, including 3-6 in season openers on the road. Minnesota opened the 2013-14 campaign with a 120-115 OT win over Orlando at Target Center.
The Wolves will play 52 games against Western Conference and 30 games versus Eastern Conference opponents.
Minnesota will play each Western Conference opponent four times (two home, two away), with the exception of L.A. Clippers (one home, two away), Sacramento (two home, one away), Dallas (one home, two away), and Memphis (two home, one away). The Wolves will face off against each Eastern Conference team twice (one home, one away).
Timberwolves 2014-15 Opponent Breakdown

Northwest Division

Denver (H: 1/5, 3/4; A: 12/26, 1/17); Oklahoma City (H: 12/12, 4/15; A: 1/26, 3/13); Portland (H: 12/10, 3/7; A: 11/30, 4/8); Utah: (H: 1/3, 3/30; A: 12/30, 3/23).

Pacific Division

Golden State (H: 12/8, 2/11; A: 12/27, 4/11); L.A. Clippers (H: 3/2; A: 12/1, 3/9); L.A. Lakers (H: 12/14, 3/25; A: 11/28, 4/10); Phoenix (H: 1/7, 2/20; A: 1/16, 3/11); Sacramento (H: 11/22, 1/1; A: 4/7).

Southwest Division

Dallas (H: 1/21; A: 11/15, 2/2); Houston (H: 11/12*, 12/5; A: 2/23, 3/27); Memphis (H: 2/6, 2/28; A: 10/29); New Orleans (H: 1/23; A: 11/14, 3/29); San Antonio (H: 11/21, 1/10; A: 12/6, 3/15).

Atlantic Division

Boston (H: 1/28; A: 12/19); Brooklyn (H: 3/16; A: 11/5); New York (H: 11/19; A: 3/19); Philadelphia (H: 12/3; A: 1/30); Toronto (H: 4/1; A: 3/18).

Central Division

Chicago (H: 11/1; A: 2/27); Cleveland (H: 1/31; A: 12/23); Detroit (H: 10/30 A: 2/8); Indiana (H: 12/21; A: 1/13); Milwaukee (H: 11/26; A: 1/9).

Southeast Division

Atlanta (H: 2/9; A: 1/25); Charlotte (H: 3/22; A: 1/19); Miami (H: 2/4; A: 11/8); Orlando (H: 4/3; A: 11/7); Washington (H: 2/25; A: 12/16).

*Game played in Mexico City

2014-15 Timberwolves Regular-Season Schedule

Oct. Wed. 29 at Memphis 7:00 p.m. Jan. Fri. 23 New Orleans 7:00 p.m.
Thu. 30 Detroit 7:00 p.m. Sun. 25 at Atlanta 5:00 p.m.
Nov. Sat. 1 Chicago** 7:00 p.m. Mon. 26 at Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 5 at Brooklyn 6:30 p.m. Wed. 28 Boston 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 7 at Orlando 6:00 p.m. Fri. 30 at Philadelphia 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 8 at Miami 6:30 p.m. Sat. 31 Cleveland 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 12 Houston (M)* 9:00 p.m. Feb. Mon. 2 at Dallas 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 14 at New Orleans 7:00 p.m. Wed. 4 Miami 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 15 at Dallas 7:30 p.m. Fri. 6 Memphis 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 19 New York 7:00 p.m. Sun. 8 at Detroit 5:00 p.m.
Fri. 21 San Antonio 7:00 p.m. Mon. 9 Atlanta 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 22 Sacramento 7:00 p.m. Wed. 11 Golden State 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 26 Milwaukee 7:00 p.m. Fri. 20 Phoenix 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 28 at L.A. Lakers 9:30 p.m. Mon. 23 at Houston 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 30 at Portland 8:00 p.m. Wed. 25 Washington 7:00 p.m.
Dec. Mon. 1 at L.A. Clippers 9:30 p.m. Fri. 27 at Chicago 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 3 Philadelphia 7:00 p.m. Sat. 28 Memphis 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 5 Houston 7:00 p.m. Mar. Mon. 2 L.A. Clippers 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 6 at San Antonio 7:30 p.m. Wed. 4 Denver 7:00 p.m.
Mon. 8 Golden State 7:00 p.m. Sat. 7 Portland 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 10 Portland 7:00 p.m. Mon. 9 at L.A. Clippers 9:30 p.m.
Fri. 12 Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m. Wed. 11 at Phoenix 9:00 p.m.
Sun. 14 L.A. Lakers 6:00 p.m. Fri. 13 at Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m.
Tue. 16 at Washington 6:00 p.m. Sun. 15 at San Antonio 6:00 p.m.
Fri. 19 at Boston 6:30 p.m. Mon. 16 Brooklyn 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 21 Indiana 6:00 p.m. Wed. 18 at Toronto 6:30 p.m.
Tue. 23 at Cleveland 6:00 p.m. Thu. 19 at New York 6:30 p.m.
Fri. 26 at Denver 8:00 p.m. Sun. 22 Charlotte 6:00 p.m.
Sat. 27 at Golden State 9:30 p.m. Mon. 23 at Utah 8:00 p.m.
Tue. 30 at Utah 8:00 p.m. Wed. 25 L.A. Lakers 7:00 p.m.
Jan. Thu. 1 Sacramento 7:00 p.m. Fri. 27 at Houston 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 3 Utah 7:00 p.m. Sun. 29 at New Orleans 3:00 p.m.
Mon. 5 Denver 7:00 p.m. Mon. 30 Utah 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 7 Phoenix* 8:30 p.m. Apr. Wed. 1 Toronto 7:00 p.m.
Fri. 9 at Milwaukee 7:30 p.m. Fri. 3 Orlando 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 10 San Antonio 7:00 p.m. Tue. 7 at Sacramento 9:00 p.m.
Tue. 13 at Indiana 6:00 p.m. Wed. 8 at Portland 9:00 p.m.
Fri. 16 at Phoenix 8:00 p.m. Fri. 10 at L.A. Lakers** 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 17 at Denver 8:00 p.m. Sat. 11 at Golden State 9:30 p.m.
Mon. 19 at Charlotte 1:00 p.m. Mon. 13 New Orleans 7:00 p.m.
Wed. 21 Dallas 7:00 p.m. Wed. 15 Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m.
(M) Game Played in Mexico City
* ESPN
**NBA TV
- All Times Central

Timberwolves sign guard Mo Williams

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Mo Williams. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season,” said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. “His veteran leadership and excellent three-point shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Williams, 31, appeared in 74 games for Portland last season, averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists in 24.8 minutes per game. He shot 36.9 percent from three-point range, including a 42.2 percent clip over a two-month stretch from January through February. Williams appeared in eight games during the postseason with the Blazers, averaging 7.4 points per game before missing the final three games of the playoffs due to a groin strain.

The 11-year veteran was originally selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft. Minnesota is Williams’ sixth NBA stop, previously spending stints in Utah (2003-04, 2012-13), Milwaukee (2004-08), Cleveland (2008-2011, L.A. Clippers (2011-12) and Portland (2013-14). He has averaged 13.3 points and 4.9 assists per game while connecting on 38.5 percent from three-point range over his 709-game career. His best season came with the Cavaliers in 2008-09, when he averaged 17.8 points per game on 46.7 percent shooting (43.6 percent from three-point range) to earn an All-Star appearance.

Timberwolves re-sign Robbie Hummel

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has re-signed forward Robbie Hummel. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are excited to have Robbie back with us this season,” said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “He proved that he can be a key contributor off the bench and finished the season strong. Robbie’s ability to stretch the floor with his shooting range is a valuable asset for our team.”

Hummel, 25, played in 53 games (five starts) in his rookie season for the Wolves last year, averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per contest. The 6-8 forward shot 36.0 percent (36-for-89) from three-point range for the season, including connecting on 17 of his final 32 attempts (53.1%). Hummel scored in double-digits four times last year, netting a season-high 12 points at Orlando on April 5. He grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in the season finale vs. Utah on April 16.

Hummel was the 58th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves. He spent the 2012-13 season with Obradoiro CAB in the Spanish League where he averaged 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 30 games. Hummel averaged 14.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 127 games over his four-year collegiate career for the Purdue Boilermakers.