Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Posts about Wolves training camp

Wolves agree to terms with Glenn Robinson III

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: September 16, 2014 - 10:59 PM

The Wolves have agreed to contract terms with one of the last unfinished pieces to a remade roster: A source with knowledge of the situation confirms a Yahoo!Sports report this afternoon that Robinson has agreed to a guaranteed contract.

Once considered a first-round pick, Robinson was drafted 40th overall by the Wolves in the June draft and played for their Vegas Summer League team without being signed until now.

His signing to a contract that is at least partially guaranteed means the Wolves they'll have to make a personnel move by opening night Oct. 29 to get to a 15-man roster, either by waiving Robinson if he doesn't win a spot in camp or, probably more likely by trading or buying out reserve guard J.J Barea by the start of training camp on Sept. 30 or by the season opener at Memphis.

Wolves will open camp with midnight madness in Mankato

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: September 16, 2014 - 12:13 PM

The Wolves will open training camp in Mankato with a midnight-madness event that will be carried live on NBA TV.

Their "Dunks After Dark" extravaganza will be held late Monday night, September 29 in Mankato after the team conducts its traditional media-day activities at Target Center that afternoon.

Doors at Minnesota-State Mankato's Bresnan Arena open at 11 p.m. and the program that will feature a scrimmage and a dunk contest between Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine begins right after midnight.

Tickets are free, but you need one and they'll be available at the school's Student Union Center that Monday morning starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Wolves also are expected to announce soon plans for a Sunday afternoon scrimmage that will end camp on Oct. 5.

Wolves' D League affiliate now those mad, mad Mad Ants

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: September 15, 2014 - 9:57 PM

The Timberwolves will have a new D League affiliate this season after having an arrangement with the Iowa Energy last season and the Sioux Falls Skyforce for the seven seasons before that.

This year, they will send players to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in Indiana.

That's right, the Mad Ants.

And if...

If the Fort Wayne team has room for that Wolves player or players.

See, the Mad Ants are the only independent D League team left, that is the only one that doesn't have a single affiliatation agreement with a NBA team.

The Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids), Memphis Grizzlies (Iowa), New York (Westchester), Orlando (Erie), Phoenix (Bakersfield) and Utah (Idaho) are entered into affiliations with D League teams this summer.

That leaves Fort Wayne as the only one left for the other 13 NBA teams.

The NBA has implemented a new "flexible assignment system" that will allow those 13 NBA teams to still send players in the D League.

If the Mad Ants already have the maximum of four assigned NBA players on their roster or two assigned players at the same position as the Wolves players, the Wolves can send their player to any D League team willing to take him.

The Wolves will choose from any D League teams willing to accept their player. If no D League team volunteers, a lottery will send the player to a non- NBA owned, single-affiliate D League team.

Seven of the 17 single-affiliate D League teams are fully owned and operated by their NBA club. NBA are operated under a hybrid system, in which the NBA team funds and manages the D League's team basketball operations but local ownership has control of the team's business and community-relations departments.

Players in the first three years of their NBA career can be assigned to a D League team an unlimited number of times during the season. Players with more than three years' NBA experience can be sent to the D League with both their consent and the NBA Players Association's consent.

Flip Saunders has expressed interest in being part of a hybrid arrangement with a D League team so the Wolves could install their own coach who'd run the NBA team's offensive and defensive systems and the Wolves also could groom coaches and front-office personnel there. He'd prefer it'd be a short drive from the Twin Cities -- say Rochester or St. Cloud or perhaps even Duluth, for example -- so a player could practice with the Wolves in the morning and still play a D League home game at night.

That idea is on the back burner for now, both because Saunders has been plenty busy with many other things and because the supply for available D League teams obviously is running thin.

On other matters with training camp now fewer than two weeks away...

The Wolves will tip-off their camp week in Mankato with a midnight-madness event late Monday night, at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 30 actually after the team holds its annual media day at Target Center Monday afternoon.

They also will have a Sunday afternoon scrimmage on Oct. 5 in Mankato before they break camp.

Both events will be open to the public.

Look for more information from the team on both events soon.

Wolves preseason schedule set, two games at Target Center

Posted by: Chris Miller Updated: August 5, 2014 - 11:13 AM

The Timberwolves will play two of their seven exhibition games at Target Center this fall.

They'll face Philadelphia on Friday, Oct. 10, and Indiana on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at home.

The Wolves also have games Oct. 17 against Milwaukee in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Oct. 19 against Oklahoma City in Tulsa; and Oct. 24 vs. Chicago in St. Louis. They'll be the home team in Cedar Rapids and the visitor in the other two.

The other two preseason games are at Indiana on Oct. 7 and at Milwaukee on Oct. 22.






Oct. 7

Indiana Pacers

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 10

Philadelphia 76ers

Target Center

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 17

Milwaukee Bucks

U.S. Cellular Center (Cedar Rapids)

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 19

Oklahoma City Thunder

BOK Center (Tulsa)

6:00 p.m.

Oct. 21

Indiana Pacers

Target Center

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 22

Milwaukee Bucks

BMO Harris Bradley Center

7:00 p.m.

Oct. 24

Chicago Bulls

Scottrade Center (St. Louis)

7:00 p.m.

All times Central      Bold denotes home game

Wolves' Pekovic out at Phoenix tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: February 25, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Just an update from earlier:

Nikola Pekovic won't play tonight. It'll be the 13th consecutive game he has missed.

The Wolves again will start Dante Cunningham in the frontcourt alongside Kevin Love and Corey Brewer.

Kevin Martin, as I reported in the blog post from this morning's shootaround, won't play either.

The status of both Pekovic and Martin for Saturday's game at Sacramento is unknown at this point.


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