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Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.

General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn't reach by Oct. 31.

"We're going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love," Newton said. "We're going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush."

"Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player," Newton continued. "So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides."

If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.

Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.

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Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly offered a maximum contract to restricted free-agent Eric Bledsoe in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bledsoe's current team. 

The deal is for a reported four years and $63 million, exceeding the Suns offer of four years and $48 million. Bledsoe has told the Suns, as well as other teams, that he would only consider a max contract but would be willing to sign a qualifying offer worth one year and $3.7 million. By signing that deal, Bledsoe would make himself an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.

Minnesota had inquired about Bledsoe while shopping all-star forward Kevin Love, but trade talks never reached a serious point. The Timberwolves are hoping to pair Bledsoe with Andrew Wiggins, whom they acquired from Cleveland for Love.

Phoenix has already started making possible arrangements for life after Bledsoe. The Suns signed free-agent Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis in the first-year player draft in June. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game for Phoenix last season.

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Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Bill Self: Wiggins Looking Forward to Minnesota

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins doesn't mind that he's being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Wiggins joined his former Kansas head coach Bill Self this weekend at a basketball camp in Kansas City and did not speak with reporters about the pending trade that would send him to Minnesota.

Self spoke to reporters about what was said between Wiggins and himself.

"When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, 'I hope I get traded,'" Self said. "And I'm like, 'No you don't.' And he said, 'Coach, I do. It's better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I'm forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they're going to be patient with me and I'm going to be a piece.'"

Self said that playing with an All-Star like LeBron James could only help Wiggins' career, but longterm, Wiggins is best suited to be in Minnesota.

"Even though in a weird way everybody would love the opportunity to play with LeBron because you're guaranteed winning," Self said, "for the longevity of his career, he needs to develop that mindset to be the guy, for him to be great, and I think being Minnesota will help him do that."

The trade between the Cavaliers and Timberwolves that will also send former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a future 2015 first-round draft pick for Love cannot be completed until Aug. 23.

"I think he's handled everything great. He's excited," Self said. "I think the whole thing that's been blown out of proportion a bit is that he's been in limbo. He's known since the summer that he'd be traded. It's OK. In some ways he's looking forward to going to Minnesota."

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Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

Timberwolves Admit Kevin Love Trade ‘Likely’ to Happen

NBA via Minnestoa Timberwolves(NEW YORK) -- As each day passes, it looks more and more like Kevin Love's days with the Minnesota Timberwolves are coming to an end as team owner Glen Taylor admits that a trade is "likely."

"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Taylor told the Pioneer Press.

Rumors have swirled all offseason, and even before, that Love would not sign a contract extension with the team and that he will pursue free agency once his contract expires.

While the team wants to retain Love, they realize that trading him may be the only way to salvage anything from an imminent departure.

Reportedly, Love may be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a multi-player and possibly multi-team trade that would include number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

Wiggins signed his rookie contract last week, and the team must wait 30 days after signing his deal to trade him, making a late August trade a possible time frame for a deal to happen.

This past season, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game, both top-5 in the NBA.

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Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Cavs Sign Wiggins, Can’t Trade Him for 30 Days

Jost West/Getty Images Sport(CLEVELAND, Ohio) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, on Thursday.

ESPN reports the contract is for four years and will pay Wiggins $5.5 million next season.

The Cavaliers have been talking about sending Wiggins as part of a package deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, but because of NBA rules involving rookie contracts, Wiggins can't be traded for 30 days.

The 6-foot-8, 19-year-old Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and a block per game last season at Kansas.

The Cavaliers also signed second-round pick Joe Harris Thursday.

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Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Sources: Cavaliers to Sign Top Pick Wiggins

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Despite the rumored talks between Minnesota and Cleveland that include trading Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love, sources now say the Cavaliers plan to sign their top draft pick later this week. Those same sources also say the delay in signing Wiggins has nothing to do with the apparent trade talks.

Instead, the Cavs have been reportedly weighing how to use the remaining $1.4 million available to them after signing the Kansas forward. Wiggins' contract will net him in the neighborhood of a reported $5.5 million as a rookie. Once signed, Cleveland must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him. 

After the Cavs sign Wiggins, they are expected to ink Mike Miller to a two-year $5.6 million deal.

Cleveland has also been rumored to have interest in Ray Allen, a teammate with Miller in Miami. However, the Cavaliers would only be able to give Allen the league minimum of $1.4 million.

All of these front office moves have been to try and build the best possible team around returning forward LeBron James.

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ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love

ESPN: Warriors Weighing Trade for Kevin Love

Minnesota Timberwovles/NBA(NEW YORK) -- If the Golden State Warriors truly want to get their hands on Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, they'll have to pay a heavy price. ESPN reports that the team is seriously weighing their options to find what it would take to acquire him via trade.

Reportedly the Timberwolves are asking for a future first-round pick, Klay Thompson, David Lee, and maybe Harrison Barnes in exchange for Love and Kevin Martin.

That is a steep price to pay, but Love is arguably one of the best players in the NBA. This past season, the 25-year-old averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He was the only player in the NBA this past season to be in the top-5 in points and rebounds.

Despite Love's immense talent, he hasn't made it to the playoffs during his six-year career. While he hasn't officially asked for a trade, he is likely to opt out of his contract next season to test free agency.

Other than the Warriors, the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics have reportedly engaged in trade talks for Love.

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Ricky Rubio Will Pitch Kevin Love on Staying in Minnesota

Ricky Rubio Will Pitch Kevin Love on Staying in Minnesota

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(NEW YORK) -- With rumors growing that Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love wants to be traded sooner than later, his teammate, Ricky Rubio, will do his best to convince Love to stay with the organization.

"I don't want to convince him if he doesn't want to stay. But I want him to stay and I'm going to tell him what I think, which is we've been improving each year and he's a great player, he helps us a lot," Rubio told NBA.com.

"I think we need to make the next step. ...The media says it's pretty settled, but I don't know what he thinks. What I've been hearing is from the media, not from him, so I don't trust that. It can be an opinion from you guys. I just really want to talk to him as a teammate," he continued.

While the team has improved their win total each season since Love and Rubio's first season together in 2011, the Timberwolves still haven't made the playoffs since Love entered the NBA in 2008.

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Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman Retires

Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman RetiresRonald Martinez/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement on Monday. The 67-year-old Adelman spent 23 seasons in the NBA as a head coach, leading the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-1994), Golden ...

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/26/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/11/14

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/14

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Timberwolves Kevin Martin Out Indefinitely with Broken Thumb

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Scoreboard Roundup – 2/4/14

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Mike Conley Sidelined with Ankle Sprain

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Scoreboard Roundup – 1/29/14

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Pekovic Out at Least a Week After MRI

Pekovic Out at Least a Week After MRINBA via Minnesota Timberwolves(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will miss 7 to 10 days of basketball activities after an MRI revealed he has bursitis in his right ankle, the team announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-11, 285 poun...

Aldridge Leads Trail Blazers Past T-Wolves, 115-104

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Spurs Lose Green for Four Weeks

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Spurs Dominate Timberwolves 104-86

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