Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Jimmy Butler has formally requested to be traded away from Minnesota.

Wow. Butler presented Minnesota management with a list of 1-3 teams that he'd be interested in signing a contract extension with, and one of those teams is assuredly the Lakers. The Wolves will likely want to get rid of Butler prior to camp, so things could move somewhat quickly here, as his value will decline throughout the year. With Butler set to leave Minnesota, Luol Deng could potentially open the year as a starter and both Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns should see a nice uptick in usage. Jeff Teague should also spend more time running the offense sans Jimmy. Butler will be an elite asset wherever he winds up, but he does have a history of having trouble staying on the court.

Justin Patton underwent successful surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal in his right foot on Tuesday, and he will be out indefinitely.

The Timberwolves aren't always forthcoming with the injury updates, so it could be a while before we get an official timetable on Patton. He's irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:23 PM

Tom Thibodeau is traveling to Los Angeles on Tuesday to meet with Jimmy Butler, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Per Woj, the original plan had been a meeting in Minneapolis, but that changed in the past 24 hours. David Aldridge is reporting that Butler has serious questions about the direction of the Wolves franchise, but he is willing to hear Minnesota out, and is not yet dead set on demanding a trade. We should finally have some concrete details on Butler's future in Minnesota once this much-discussed meeting wraps up.
Sep 18 - 12:48 PM

According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, although Jimmy Butler "has serious questions about the direction of the franchise, he’s still willing to hear Minnesota out, and isn’t dead set on demanding a trade elsewhere."

It was initially reported that Butler planned to sit down with the Wolves on Monday, but Butler himself clarified that the meeting will take place on Tuesday. This could be a pivotal set of meetings that eventually determines the direction Minnesota is headed in for the 2018-19 season. Stay tuned, as we will provide updates as soon as they are made available.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 18 - 9:25 AM

There is "mutual interest" between Jamal Crawford and the Celtics, according to sources of Jared Weiss of The Athletic.

The Lakers, 76ers and Warriors have also reached out to Crawford, but he's made it clear that fit will be the most important factor when choosing his next team. He seemed less than satisfied with his 20-minute role off the bench in Minnesota last season, but it's tough to see him playing much more than that on a nightly basis at 38 years old. He can still help an NBA team, but he's not very useful in fantasy hoops.
Sep 17 - 6:29 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns won't sign his rookie extension until the Jimmy Butler situation is resolved.

KAT and the Wolves have until the end of October to agree to a contract extension, otherwise KAT will be a restricted free agent come July. Obviously, he is incredibly important to the future of the Wolves franchise, considering he just made third team All-NBA at 22 years old. The Wolves would match any deal if KAT signed an offer sheet next summer, but if they don't resolve the Jimmy Butler situation to his liking, will he sign the qualifying offer instead? Lots of moving parts here as training camp is set to begin.
Sep 17 - 12:43 PM

Justin Patton is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his fractured right foot and he will be out indefinitely.

We should get an official timetable on Patton once he goes under the knife, but there's a good chance this will have him missing the early portion of the 2018-19 season. He's not worth drafting anywhere.
Source: NBA
Sep 16 - 3:23 PM

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor reportedly has "significant concern" with how Tom Thibodeau has run things in Minnesota.

Thibodeau is a great defensive coach, but his offensive schemes are unimaginative, he's terrible with minutes management and has made some questionable signings in his front office role. Taylor gave Thibodeau full control of basketball operations upon hiring him, but he's reportedly regretted that decision and has even considered making changes this summer. The Coach-GM role didn't work out in Los Angeles (Doc Rivers) or Detroit (Stan Van Gundy), and it's looking like another failed experiment in Minnesota.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 1:50 PM

Justin Patton broke his right foot in workouts this week.

If he didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all. Patton had surgery on his left foot for a fracture back in July 2017, and another left foot fracture surgery in April. He was just starting to come along and was posting some videos of him hitting the gym, and he could have made his season debut at some point in 2018. Now, he'll likely be shutdown for the foreseeable future.
Sep 15 - 5:52 PM

Jimmy Butler will meet with coach Tom Thibodeau and general manager Scott Layden on Monday to "have honest conversations about the All-Star's future with the team," according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Well, hello. We've seen plenty of rumors about Butler being unhappy with the Wolves, including reports from other media members and also some comments/likes on social media from Butler and other NBA players. There has also been a reported issue between Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, who is due for an extension soon. When there's this much smoke, there could be a fire brewing between Butler and the team. This will be something to watch for next week.
Sep 15 - 5:30 PM

Gorgui Dieng made 11-of-14 from the field for 28 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against Rwanda on Friday.

That's good for a tidy 94.1 TS%, and more impressively those four 3-pointers double his NBA career-high two makes in a game (five times). Because of most of his PF minutes going away last season, the Wolves severely cut Dieng's minutes from 32.4 per game in 2016-17 to just 16.9 in 2017-18. Now, he could potentially find himself in a battle for backup center minutes with coach Tom Thibodeau's former BFF Joakim Noah likely to hit the market. Despite his fantasy-friendly style in standard leagues, Dieng isn't a strong fantasy target.
Sep 14 - 4:23 PM

ESPN's Marc Spears said that the Lakers, Warriors and 76ers have expressed interest in free agent Jamal Crawford.

With the start of training camp just around the corner, Crawford is still looking for a home. He showed he still has gas left in the tank last season, when he averaged 10.3 points off the bench for the Wolves. He could fill a similar role for the Sixers or Lakers, but will likely have to settle for the veteran's minimum. Spears notes that the Warriors are unlikely, as they are expected to bring back Pat McCaw.
Sep 13 - 9:38 AM

The Celtics have plans to​ take "a close look" at​ Marcus Georges-Hunt this​ week, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

Georges-Hunt, who worked for the Wolves last week, is set to work out for Boston on Tuesday. He averaged only 1.4 points in 5.4 minutes last season in Minnesota but is a solid defensive player with room for growth on the offensive end. The Celtics currently have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, but Jabari Bird is in serious legal trouble and may be waived soon.
Sep 11 - 9:38 AM

Luol Deng is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with the Timberwolves.

Tom Thibodeau was a huge fan of Deng during his Chicago days, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of role he has in Minnesota. He could chip away at some of Andrew Wiggins' minutes, and his arrival all but guarantees that Keita Bates-Diop will not be a regular part of the rotation. We don't anticipate Deng making much noise in fantasy hoops this season.

Luol Deng is expected to come to an agreement with the Wolves this week according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Of course he will. Now coach Tom Thibodeau just needs to bring in Joakim Noah to recreate the 2010 Bulls. Deng should have a role, and if he's going to steal minutes from someone they could come from Taj Gibson or Andrew Wiggins. Assuming Deng signs, that would be bad news for rookie Keita Bates-Diop as well.
Sep 10 - 11:09 AM


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