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Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023
Location: Minneapolis
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Chris Hine is the Timberwolves reporter at the Star Tribune.


Chris Hine was the Star Tribune's sports analytics reporter before taking over the Wolves beat, He previously spent eight years covering college sports and the Chicago Blackhawks for the Chicago Tribune. He is an amateur piano player and songwriter in his spare time and has an unhealthy obsession with the music of Carole King. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
Recent content from Chris Hine
Andrew Wiggins, center, is enjoying himself more. "But the joy has always been there. I’ve never been on the court not wanting to play,” he said.

Will happier Wiggins translate to a more efficient scorer for Wolves?

Andrew Wiggins admitted he wasn't having as much fun last season he did in other years. "But the joy has always been there. I've never been on the court not wanting to play."
Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns drove past Milwaukee’s Donte DiVincenzo during the second half Thursday.

Where do Wolves stand? Not very high in preseason loss to Bucks

Andrew Wiggins did not look sharp with the regular season just ahead. The Wolves are hoping Thursday's 118-96 loss — another 22-point defeat — isn't foreboding of what's to come.
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague won't be running a play every time down the floor this season. The team doesn't want to become predicable as they

Wolves new offense? 'Kind of like random, pickup basketball'

Veteran point guard Jeff Teague described the Wolves offense with a term you don't often hear from professional basketball players.
Maccabi Haifa guard David Cohn tried to strip the ball from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Napier (13) as he drove to the net in the second quar

Napier, Graham stand out in Wolves home exhibition victory

In their lone preseason home appearance, the Wolves beat Israel's Maccabi Haifa 131-101 at Target Center and perhaps revealed plans for newcomers Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.
Rookie Jarrett Culver, watching Wolves teammates play during NBA Summer League action in Las Vegas, says he realizes he has a lot to learn about playi

Wolves' Culver trying to get up to speed as NBA rookie

Jarrett Culver said he is still trying to master terminology on defense and realizing he has to talk more on that end of the floor than he did in college at Texas Tech.
Karl-Anthony Towns can dunk and work the post, but the Wolves want their big man to shoot more three-pointers in a modernized offense.

'Aggressive at all times,' Towns is ready to let it fly from downtown

The Wolves are making a concerted effort to shoot more three-pointers this season, and they are on track to do that after taking 39 of their 93 shots from beyond the arc Tuesday in the first look at their revamped offense.
Timberwolves rookie guard Jarrett Culver (23) shot over Suns forward Cameron Johnson during the first half of a preseason NBA game Tuesday. He scored

Wolves push the pace, still lose preseason opener to Suns

While rookie Jarrett Culver (pictured) got his first taste of NBA action, Karl-Anthony Towns was his usual effective self, collecting 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Dario Saric (36)

Ex-Wolves forward Saric ready for another new start

Saric got a crash course in life in the NBA last season as he was traded twice within the span of a calendar year — once from Philadelphia to the Wolves in November as part of the Jimmy Butler deal and then again in June.
High-flying Josh Okogie went a million miles an hour in most situations last season, sometimes to his detriment.

Wolves' Okogie needs to look before he leaps

Second-year guard Josh Okogie says he will slow down and read the game better.
In his sixth NBA season, guard Shabazz Napier is playing for his fifth different team.

Opportunity knocks for new Wolves guard Napier

Shabazz Napier has a chance to replace the departed Tyus Jones as Jeff Teague's top backup at point guard.
Jordan Bell

Wolves urging Bell to rediscover his game

Jordan Bell, a Golden State second-round pick in 2017, has a championship ring, but he wants more out of his career. "This is a place I can build," he said of coming to Minnesota.
Jake Layman

Layman has chance to redeem Wolves' misses in free agency

In Jake Layman, the Wolves think they have found an intelligent, crafty player who can complement Karl-Anthony Towns' game.
Some Timberwolves players honored both Saunderses -- current coach Ryan, left, and former coach Flip, Ryan's father -- on the first day of practice by

As Saunders opens first Wolves camp, players pay tribute to father Flip

Karl-Anthony Towns, Robert Covington and Andrew Wiggins wore a No. 14 practice jersey with "Saunders" on the back. That was Flip Saunders' number when he played for the U.
Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague, 32, had never missed the playoffs in his career -- until last season.

Wolves point guard Teague is ready for fresh start

Injuries cost Jeff Teague 40 games and ultimately led to ankle surgery late in the season.
From left to right, Jarrett Culver, Robert Covington, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Josh Okogie posed for team photographer David Sherman on

Timberwolves are so happy together

The dramatically different atmosphere around the Timberwolves was on full display when the 2019-20 team gathered for the first time on Monday.
Timberwolves draft picks Jarrett Culver, left, Jaylen Nowell, and undrafted rookie Naz Reid

New-look Wolves raise questions as training camp begins

Here are some story lines to follow throughout Wolves training camp and into the season
Jarrett Culver (23) was the sixth overall pick in the NBA draft after the Wolves made a deal with Phoenix that will be made official next month.

Wolves add Texas Tech forward Culver after swapping picks with Phoenix

Dario Saric, who came to the team in the Jimmy Butler trade, will head to Phoenix as part of the deal; the Wolves obtained shooting guard Jarrett Culver, who was the Big 12 Player of the Year and led the Red Raiders into the NCAA title game.
Ryan Saunders

Q&A with Wolves coach Saunders: 'We want to be a committee of leaders'

A year ago, the Wolves opened training camp amid constant drama with Jimmy Butler's trade request — and Tom Thibodeau's reluctance to trade the angered star. The vibe is much different this season.
Young Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol says he wants to imitate Jose Berrios. The team, obviously, hopes he can.

Brusdar Graterol wants to follow in Jose Berrios' footsteps with Twins

The top Twins pitching propspect is adjusting well to his new role in the bullpen.
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz walked the dugout before Friday night's game against Kansas City.

Sitting on 399 home runs, Twins' Nelson Cruz doesn't think much about milestone

In anticipation of homer No. 400, the veteran slugger's mind and body are at ease.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders

Saunders pleased with Wolves' bonding efforts in offseason

Coach Ryan Saunders recently joined his team in the Bahamas for a camaraderie-building trip.
Wolves president Gersson Rosas

At the fair, Wolves boss Rosas addresses Wiggins' inconsistent play

The inconsistent play of Andrew Wiggins was a popular topic for Gersson Rosas to address Thursday at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
Jimmy Butler was traded from the Wolves to Philadelphia before he ended up in Miami.

Jimmy Butler vs. the Wolves in home opener against Miami

Jimmy Butler will return to town with the Miami Heat when the Wolves play their first home game at Target Center on Oct. 27.
Jarrett Culver has begun the transition to life as a pro. “He’s addicted to getting better,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “He’s addict

Faith is 'everything' in the life of Wolves top draft pick Culver

Faith runs deep in Jarrett Culver's family. His father, Hiawatha, runs Rising Star Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, where Jarrett grew up and stayed to attend Texas Tech for two years.
Josh Okogie

Behind the curtain: Josh Okogie gets inside look at 'Inside the NBA'

Josh Okogie spent a day with a handful of other NBA players seeing how NBA TV and TNT put together their programming as part of the league's job shadowing program.
Noah Vonleh drives to the basket against the Wolves in February.

Wolves makeover: Revamped roster big on youth, built for speed

Gersson Rosas said he views the lineup as "a point guard, wings and fives," with the idea of forcing other teams to adapt to what the Wolves are doing.
The Timberwolves announced Tuesday night that they will not match the three-year, $28 million offer sheet point guard Tyus Jones received from the Mem

Goodbye, Tyus. Wolves won't match offer, Jones headed for Memphis

The Wolves tried to come up with a deal for the backup point guard and Apple Valley native as free agency began, but Memphis' offer would have put them up against the salary tax.
Wolves forward Keita Bates-Diop (left, defending against Denver's Paul Millsap in April) is trying to build off what he did last season, when he crack

Bates-Diop learning benefits of playing under control in NBA

It's evident when watching the Timberwolves in summer league that Keita Bates-Diop is among the most confident players on the floor. Can that translate in more success during the regular season?
Timberwolves rookie Jarrett Culver spoke with the media on his first official day with the team during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He reported

Too risky: Culver won't suit up for Wolves in Las Vegas summer league

Because the Wolves were not able to complete their draft-night trade with the Suns until Saturday, Culver was not allowed to participate in their summer league minicamp.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones (1) drives around Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio (3) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Thursday, Ma

Tyus Jones set to sign offer sheet from Grizzlies

Because Jones is a restricted free agent, the Wolves have two days to match Memphis' offer sheet.
Jarrett Culver

Top draft choice Culver joins Wolves in Vegas. 'I'm ready to work'

Gersson Rosas said over time he envisioned Jarrett Culver growing into a "primary playmaker," but he will be involved in the Wolves' offense right away.
Pablo Prigioni in 2015.

Wolves coaches now get to do their thing

Clinic and Vegas league give staff first shot to work with players.
Small forward Jarrett Culver, shown on draft night last month, can begin playing summer league as soon as Sunday.

Top draft pick Jarrett Culver finally, officially can join Timberwolves

The former Texas Tech standout will join the Wolves' Las Vegas Summer League team on Sunday.
Portland Trail Blazers' Jake Layman, left, is fouled by former Timberwolves' player Cameron Reynolds in April.

Wolves obtain Layman in sign-and-trade deal with Portland

Jake Layman's salary is comparable to Dario Saric's, meaning the Wolves can use the trade exception they gained on draft night when they sent Saric to the Suns
New Timberwolves player Noah Vonleh, center, dunks on Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green in March.

Wolves agree with Vonleh on one-year, $2 million deal

For the second day in a row, the Timberwolves nabbed a young frontcourt player to a one-year deal for cheap
Forward-center Jordan Bell averaged 12.8 minutes, 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 125 games in two seasons with Golden State. He signed a one-year deal

Wolves move first for depth as NBA free agency gets moving

The team is still seeking to land superstar-level talent.
Nets guard D'Angelo Russell (1) was thought to be considering the possibility of joining his friend, center Karl-Anthony Towns (32), on the Wolves as

Wolves lose D'Angelo Russell sweepstakes to Warriors

The team was left scrambling after the All-Star guard -- the Wolves' priority in NBA free agency -- opted to go to Golden State.
Nets guard D'Angelo Russell in March.

Wolves to meet with D'Angelo Russell on Sunday

The Nets' restricted free agent is likely to have many suitors.

Wolves create and hire new position: VP of Basketball Performance and Technology

Robby Sikka, with a background in sports medicine and in many pro leagues, is joining the Wolves.

Wolves waive guard Cam Reynolds

The 6-8 guard had a nonguaranteed deal.
D’Angelo Russell, Brooklyn’s All-Star guard, might become available if the Nets pursue Kyrie Irving.

NBA free-agent season won't consume Wolves

Gersson Rosas has referred to free agency as a "hard place" to live, and his cautious approach toward it might be wise given Minnesota is a market that hasn't traditionally lured big-name players.
Helping to direct a basketball camp in his native Colombia is, for Wolves President Gersson Rosas, “one of the highlights of my career.”

Rosas fights 'tooth and nail' for Basketball Without Borders

For Gersson Rosas, who is serving as one of the camp's directors, having a camp in Colombia is a goal he has worked to see come to fruition for a long time.
Wolves President Gersson Rosas is settling into his new home. “This is where I was supposed to be.”

El Presidente: New Wolves boss Rosas brings worldly view to basketball

New Wolves boss Gersson Rosas and his parents migrated to the United States from Colombia when he was 3. They settled in Houston, where Rosas found his love of basketball and a city he embraced.
The Timberwolves drafted Texas Tech small forward Jarrett Culver knowing that in today’s NBA they will occasionally use three wings on the floor at

Wolves improve defense with the draft

Choice of Jarret Culver involves defense and the expanding role of wings.
Jaylen Nowell was the Pac 12 Player of the Year.

Wolves' second round pick Nowell 'at a loss for words' after being drafted

Jaylen Nowell had not worked out with the Wolves, but he still got the phone call that he was joining the organization.
With their second pick in Thursday’s draft, the Timberwolves took another conference player of the year, shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, the Pac 12 Pl

Wolves add to 'player of year' collection with second-round pick Nowell

Pac 12 Player of the Year Jaylen Nowell's shooting efficiency could fit in well with a Wolves team that is looking to revamp its attack from three-point range.
Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura shot over Texas Tech center Norense Odiase during the NCAA tournament in March.

Outcome of NBA draft could take number of forms for Wolves

For Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas, there is one sure path to success in the NBA: getting superstars. Tonight's draft is the first step toward that goal.
Kentucky's Tyler Herro celebrates after making a 3-point basket against Auburn during the first half of the Midwest Regional final game in the NCAA me

Five Wolves possibilities with the No. 11 pick

It the Wolves stay put at where they are, here are five names they could be looking to select.
New Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas

Rosas denies Wolves have made any promises to potential draft choices

Teams may guarantee a draft pick they will take him at a certain spot in an effort to prevent him from working out for other teams. But it's a practice Wolves President Gersson Rosas said the Wolves won't do
Gersson Rosas, the Wolves' new president of basketball operations, will run his first NBA draft on Thursday.

'Player-centric': Rosas' plan for Timberwolves starting to take shape

Gersson Rosas minces no words when it comes to evaluating the Wolves roster. This is Karl-Anthony Towns' team, and the Wolves universe revolves around their All-Star big man.
Wolves add another assistant coach: Pablo Prigioni

Wolves add another assistant coach: Pablo Prigioni

A source said Pablo Prigioni will be the "offensive coordinator" that President Gersson Rosas outlined last month when discussing the staff he would like to have under Ryan Saunders.
Ryan Saunders, son of former Wolves GM and coach Flip Saunders, was introduced as the Timberwolves coach on Tuesday as members of his family, includin

'Flip would be very proud.' Saunders hire mix of Wolves past, present

Seated in front of family, Ryan Saunders was able to prevent his emotions from overwhelming him as the Timberwolves introduced the former interim coach as their permanent one.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is among the players who spoke in favor of retaining Ryan Saunders as head coach.

After looking elsewhere, new Wolves boss decides to stick with Saunders

Players such as Karl-Anthony Towns endorsed Ryan Saunders' candidacy in the final weeks of the season even after the Wolves were eliminated from the playoffs.
NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced what Timberwolves fans have come to expect on lottery announcement day: The franchise wouldn't be moving

Timberwolves fail to move up in NBA lottery, will pick 11th

The franchise still has never moved up from their assigned spot in lottery history. The New Orleans Pelicans had better luck, obtaining the No. 1 pick.
Gersson Rosas

Rosas has four outside interviews set for Wolves coaching job

A source told the Star Tribune that Gersson Rosas should make a decision on the head coaching position by the end of the week or over the weekend.
New Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas will represent the team at Tuesday's NBA draft lottery.

How lucky is Rosas? Wolves are about to find out at NBA lottery

Gersson Rosas, the team's new president of basketball operations, is set to represent the Wolves in Chicago at Tuesday's draft lottery, the annual event in which the future of several franchises hinge on the fate of pingpong balls.
The Timberwolves new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was greeted by players after an introductory news conference on Monday.

New Wolves boss Rosas will make head coach decision in 7-10 days

Ryan Saunders has talked at length about the position but no decision has been reached yet.
Gersson Rosas

Wolves CEO Casson: New president Rosas 'has a vision for us'

Gersson Rosas emerged from an initial pool of Wolves president of basketball operations candidates that included 25 to 30 names, team CEO Ethan Casson said.
New Wolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas will have to address the situation of his head coach (currently Ryan Saunders on an interi

Wiggins? Saunders? Rosas has lengthy to-do list as new Wolves boss

Rosas will now begin the process of making over the Wolves in his image. Some decisions will require his immediate attention. Some will be more long term.
Gersson Rosas, shown in 2013, will be hired as the Wolves next president of basketball operations.

Rockets man: Wolves hire Houston vice president Rosas to run basketball operation

The Timberwolves are handing the keys to the franchise to someone from the Houston Rockets, one of the most forward-thinking franchises in the NBA.
Two candidates for the Timberwolves' president of basketball operations job faced each other in this 2001 game: Chauncey Billups, left, and Calvin Boo

Ex-Wolves Billups, Booth among 4 candidates for team's basketball boss

A source said the interview process is expected to last seven to 10 days, with the candidates all coming to Minnesota over that time frame.
Josh Okogie's development is vital, given team’s tight cap situation

Wolves feel salary-cap pinch as they enter offseason

The new president of basketball operations will have to figure out how the Wolves are going to navigate their finances while filling out the roster and remaining competitive.
All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has retained his optimism and stayed committed to the Wolves amid the team’s chaos.

After rocky start, Towns shows Wolves future still centers on him

Karl-Anthony Towns' statistics improved significantly after the Jimmy Butler drama ended with his trade to the 76ers, and showed how important Towns is to the Wolves' future.
Wolves fans hoped for more production from Andrew Wiggins after the midseason change of coaches from Tom Thibodeau to Ryan Saunders.

Enigma Wiggins says he had 'OK season,' even if fans may disagree

The Wolves are in the process of searching for a new president of basketball operations, someone who will have a major influence over the roster and Andrew Wiggins' future.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders and forward Taj Gibson

A grueling Wolves season is over at last. So what's ahead?

Some players said it was among the most difficult seasons they have encountered, from Jimmy Butler's situation to Tom Thibodeau's firing to injuries that hampered the team.
Timberwolves forward Keita Bates-Diop, left, stole the ball from Nuggets forward Paul Millsap during the first half Wednesday.

One last loss: Wolves blow late double-digit lead to end season

The Wolves led by 11 with four minutes to play, only to have Denver make a 12-0 run to take the lead with 31.5 seconds remaining.
Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, right, spoke to team owner Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky, before the start of a recent game.

Wolves are launching search for new president of basketball operations

Wolves plan to hire a president of basketball operations to play a key role in the process.
Coach Ryan Saunders, at Tuesday’s final home game against the Raptors, has won support and praise from Timberwolves players since taking over.

After losing a star and their coach, Wolves look to establish stability

Jimmy Butler's trade and coach Tom Thibodeau's firing made for a tumultuous season. The Wolves' offseason will include a search for a new president of basketball operations and determining if coach Ryan Saunders and GM Scott Layden will be retained.
Wolves forward Dario Saric fought for possession of the ball against the Raptors' Danny Green in the first half Tuesday.

Wolves' mix-and-match lineup loses home finale to Raptors

With Karl-Anthony Towns out, Wolves coach Ryan Saunders pieced together some odd combinations on the floor.
Timberwolves interim coach Ryan Saunders would like the interim tag removed for next season.

Saunders will try to keep Wolves focused in final two games

The Wolves have two games remaining, starting with Tuesday's home finale against Toronto, but they are like the final exams seniors take already accepted to college. They count, but not really.
Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) drove around Virginia guard De'Andre Hunter (12)

Culver struggles in perhaps his final game with Texas Tech

Jarrett Culver finished with 15 points on 5-for-22 shooting in Monday's title game, including 0-for-6 from three-point range.
Auburn guard Bryce Brown is consoled by a teammate after losing to Virginia.

Red-eyed Tiger players offer no excuses after controversial finish

Controversial call goes against Auburn but assistant coach says, 'It didn't come down to one play'
Tyus Jones cut down the net after Duke's 68-63 victory over Wisconsin in the 2015 Final Four championship game

Wolves players have Final Four tales to tell of heartbreak and happiness

Tyus Jones is one of multiple Timberwolves who have reached the Final Four. His trip ended with a national championship. Others weren't as fortunate.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns shoots against Mavericks defenders Dwight Powell (7) and Dirk Nowitzki (41)

New faces, and a better finish, for Wolves this time in Dallas

Karl-Anthony Towns snapped out of his recent slump by scoring 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting as the Wolves returned to Dallas for the first time since the first week of the season.
Wolves center Gorgui Dieng’s foundation, which hosts a benefit Thursday, works to improve access to health care, food and education in his native co

Wolves center Dieng's work provides jobs, reasons to dream in Senegal

The Gorgui Dieng Foundation raises money for medical supplies, food and basketball camp equipment for his home country.