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Chris Hine

Reporter | Timberwolves
Phone: 612-673-4023

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
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) dunks the ball in the second half during Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series a

Towns agrees to $214 million supermax extension. New deal runs through 2028

On Thursday night, Karl-Anthony Towns and a new Wolves front office took a big step in their commitment to building a winning team.
Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards handled the ball against Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson. The two are now teammates in Minnesota.

Wolves bolster roster by signing 6-9 Anderson from Memphis

Kyle Anderson spent four seasons in San Antonio before playing the last four with Memphis. Anderson averaged 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks in 21.5 minutes per game.
Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly has moves to ponder when NBA free agency begins Thursday night.

Free agency opens, but Wolves moves likely to come in other ways

Don't expect the Timberwolves to be throwing around contracts like other teams. Roster changes for the coming season will likely come in other ways.
Timberwolves draft selections Walker Kessler, Wendell Moore Jr. and Josh Minott, left to right, during a press conference introducing the players Tues

Newest Wolves have skills to grow before being able to contribute

It's a draft class President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and coach Chris Finch are not burdening with expectations to contribute immediately.
Wolves forward Taurean Prince will be coming back on a two-year deal worth $16 million, a source confirmed Tuesday.

Prince returning to Wolves, gets two-year contract

The Timberwolves got a jump-start on free agency by keeping forward Taurean Prince from hitting the open market.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch during Monday’s news conference at Target Center.

Finch says Nowell an important part of Wolves development this offseason

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch cited young guard Jaylen Nowell in a group of promising young, cornerstone players like Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels.
Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly, left, is still getting to know a number of his players before making big moves.

Connelly: Draft will have little impact on what Wolves do in free agency

With the draft over, now the Wolves turn their attention from one chaotic event to the other. Near the top of Tim Connelly's to-do list for the offseason is figuring out what's going to happen with point guard D'Angelo Russell.
Auburn forward Walker Kessler blocked an LSU shot in December 2021.

Sorting out the Timberwolves' draft-day moves

Their first pick was Auburn center Walker Kessler at No. 22.
Auburn’s Walker Kessler dunked against Georgia in January.

Auburn's Pearl: Wolves draft pick Kessler more than a rim protector

Walker Kessler's college coach, Bruce Pearl, says the center is able to defend multiple positions along the perimeter and has a good shooting form despite lackluster numbers.
The Timberwolves selected Walker Kessler of Auburn (left) and Wendell Moore Jr. of Duke (right) in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Net gains: Wolves make draft-night trades, wind up with two first-round picks

The Timberwolves originally were set to pick at No. 19, but swung deals with Memphis and Houston to eventually pick at Nos. 22 (Walker Kessler) and 29 (Wendell Moore Jr.).
The Magic hold the first pick in the NBA Draft.

2022 NBA Draft Preview: TV, draft order, key prospects

The first round begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Brooklyn. N.Y.
Tim Connelly, center, shakes the hand of owner Glen Taylor, right, during his introductory press conference on May 31.

Picks, trades, potential: Everything on the table for Wolves at NBA Draft

Tim Connelly will have four picks at his disposal on Thursday night as he makes his first major moves as the Timberwolves president of basketball operations.
Clockwise from top left: Tari Eason, Blake Wesley, E.J. Liddell and TyTy Washington are potential targets for the Timberwolves at the NBA Draft.

Four players who could be potential draft picks for the Timberwolves

The Wolves have the 19th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, here are four players that might be on their radar.
Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Spokane, Was

Will Holmgren follow Suggs' path again? Top prospect ready to find out

Chet Holmgren, the seven-footer from Minnehaha Academy, said it doesn't much matter if he is the top pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
Timberwolves President Tim Connelly, left, at his introductory press conference on May 31 with Wolves forward Nathan Knight.

Q&A: Connelly on the Wolves draft, Towns' future, Edwards and more

New President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly is arriving at the first crucial stretch of his tenure after being on the job for less than a month. He answered questions about the challenges ahead.
Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren ready to bring unique skill set to the NBA

The former Minnehaha Academy and Gonzaga center is projected to go at or near top of the draft on Thursday.
R.J. Hampton of Orlando was guarded by Timberwolves center Naz Reid during a game on Nov. 1 at Target Center.

Timberwolves to add Orlando Magic exec as senior vice president

Matt Lloyd will get a promotion in title as he moves from Florida to Minnesota.
Wolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly was flanked by owners Marc Lore, left, and Glen Taylor on Tuesday.

'This team can do something special.' Connelly takes over Timberwolves

After being hired away from the Denver Nuggets, Connelly will hit the ground running with the NBA draft approaching quickly.
Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns named to third team All-NBA, eligible for 'supermax' extension

This is the second time Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has made an All-NBA team in his seven-year career, making him eligible for a lucrative contract extension.
Tim Connelly helped build the Nuggets into a playoff team as president of basketball operations.

New Wolves president Connelly gets $40 million deal, ownership stake

Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore made it their mission to find a top-tier executive with a proven track record. Former Denver executive Tim Connelly is their choice as president of basketball operations.
Tim Connelly helped build the Nuggets into a playoff team as president of basketball operations.

Denver's Connelly closing in on deal with Wolves; will meet with Taylor

Glen Taylor, as current controlling owner, has final say in potential hiring of Tim Connelly as President of Basketball Operations after Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez targeted Connelly for the job.
With Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore in the background, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor began the transfer of power last September.

Wolves target Denver executive for president of basketball operations

Wolves ownership has been looking to reel in a big name to run its basketball operations, and the organization is seeking Denver's Tim Connelly, sources have confirmed.
Karl-Anthony Towns had treatment for multiple injuries in the hopes of avoiding surgery.

Report: Wolves' Towns undergoes treatment for multiple injuries

Karl-Anthony Towns underwent stem cell treatment and platelet-rich plasma injections for multiple injuries the center played through late in the season.
The Wolves are beginning to restructure for next season.

Timberwolves hire assistant GM from Memphis organization

Steve Senior worked in player development for the Grizzlies.
Dave Benz

'Eternally grateful' Benz let go as Wolves play-by-play announcer

Timberwolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz said he will not be returning as the team's play-by-play announcer after 10 seasons in that role.
The Timberwolves will look for continued improvement from Anthony Edwards, who averaged 21.3 points per game this past season.

Add or subtract? A Timberwolves player-by-player look ahead

A look at 16 of the team's players, with contract statuses and likely roles and goals as the Wolves try to keep improving and prepare for next season.
The Timberwolves expect growth out of guard Anthony Edwards, who turns 21 in August and will enter his third season.

Growing Timberwolves will have higher expectations next season

The Wolves know they won't surprise anybody next season in a Western Conference that figures to be tougher than it was this season.
Sachin Gupta could be the next head of Timberwolves basketball operations. At least, coach Chris Finch hopes so.

Finch openly supports Gupta being the next head of Wolves basketball operations

Head coach Chris Finch and and Sachin Gupta have helped each other run the team since the firing of Gersson Rosas. Both would like to see their partnership continue.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles against Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks during Memphis’ win in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Where does Russell fit with the Timberwolves moving forward?

D'Angelo Russell is eligible to receive a contract extension this summer, but in the most crucial moment of the season in Game 6, the Timberwolves kept him on the bench.
Ja Morant (12) of the Memphis Grizzlies and Karl Anthony-Towns (32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves greet each other at the end of game 6 of the playoff

Wolves give up another double-digit lead in fourth quarter, eliminated by Grizzlies

Any season that doesn't end in a championship is bound to end in some form of disappointment, but what was frustrating for the Wolves was they did this to themselves.
Wolves-Memphis Game 6 recap

Wolves-Memphis Game 6 recap

A quick look at Friday's series finale.
Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince had a strong second half of the season.

Taurean Prince would like to return to Timberwolves

The forward is an unrestricted free agent after the season and said the team's camaraderie and coach Chris Finch are two reasons he'd like to come back.
Wolves guard Anthony Edwards shot against Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke during Game 5 Tuesday. Edwards said he needs to drive and create more late

No easy way out: Timberwolves facing elimination from NBA playoffs

Memphis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 as the teams meet Friday night in Game 6 at Target Center.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell drove on Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks during Memphis’ win in Game 5 on Tuesday.

Wolves done in once again by poor late-game execution, shot selection

The Wolves built the best offense in the league this season with a free-flowing scheme that requires pace and ball movement. But those skills have often deserted them in the final minutes of this playoff series.
Memphis guard Ja Morant takes the game-winning shot against Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt in the closing seconds of Game 5.

Morant makes Wolves pay for mistakes with last-second game winner

Once again, the Wolves were left to pick up the pieces from a game they led for most of the night, they should have won and for which they no one but themselves to blame for losing.
Wolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) stole the ball from Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane during Thursday’s Game 3 at Target Center.

Memphis' Desmond Bane proving a tough cover for Timberwolves

The Grizzlies guard hit 15 three-pointers combined in Games 3 and 4. He has been open because the Timberwolves have focused on stopping Ja Morant.
arred Vanderbilt, left, grabs a rebound before Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks can get to it, while Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32)

Tonight's Game 5: Could it come down to one key statistic — again?

The series is more complicated than one statistic, but when the Wolves have kept the Grizzlies off the offensive glass, they have won. Will that hold true for Game 5?
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns followed through on a fourth-quarter three-pointer Saturday night in Game 4

Going to Towns, again and again, sparks Wolves to win Game 4 thriller

Karl-Anthony Towns was on fire start to finish — from the Wolves' opening three-pointer to the free throws that closed out the Grizzlies — in the 119-118 victory. He finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said he should have called timeout during a 21-0 Memphis run in Game 3.

'That's on me': Finch regrets lack of timeout call in Game 3 collapse

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said he apologized to the team in Friday's film session for not calling a timeout during a 21-0 Memphis run.
Brandon Clarke of the Grizzlies helped Memphis come back from a pair of big deficits to the Timberwolves in Game 3 at Target Center.

'It's a lot we can learn from': Game 4 will test Wolves' resilience

The Wolves have taken pride in their ability to bounce back from losses all season. They've never had to rebound from one quite like Thursday's collapse.
Karl Anthony-Towns reacts after a play in the third quarter Thursday during Game 3 vs. Memphis.

Wolves left to assess their mess after stunning collapse in Game 3 loss

Ahead of the Grizzlies by 26 points in the first quarter and 25 in the third, the Timberwolves disappointed their fans in an epic way.
During Tuesday’s Game 2 in Memphis, Timberwolves players surrounded Grizzlies guard Ja Morant — it’s a team effort to contain him — but he sti

'His motor is high.' Guarding Morant is difficult task for Wolves

Their focus has been on stopping Grizzlies guard Ja Morant from getting into the paint, but that's easier said than done. Morant's quickness and leaping ability are like few others in the NBA.
Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards scored 36 points in a Game 1 victory against the Grizzlies, but had only 20 points and five turnovers in a Game 2 l

'Sticky' Timberwolves offense looks to get unglued in Game 3

Coach Chris Finch said smooth ball movement was a problem after the Wolves recorded only 16 assists as a team in Game 2 of their series against the Grizzlies.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns passes the ball away from Memphis forward Jaren Jackson Jr. during the second half of Game 2

Edwards explains his Game 2; Towns explains his leg kick habit

Edwards wasn't satisfied with his turnovers and shot selection but vowed to learn from it. Towns said the leg kick, which caused him to commit a foul, can be part of his shooting motion.
Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones and forward Dillon Brooks

Jones fits well with Grizzlies, doesn't care he's facing hometown team

Former Apple Valley star Tyus Jones insists it didn't matter to him that the regular season ended with a chance for him to come home and face former team in the playoffs.
Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane shoots against Timberwolves forward Jarred Vanderbilt in the first half during Game 2

Wolves' shortcomings on display; Grizzlies rebound with 28-point blowout

The Timberwolves said all the right things ahead of Game 2. But the talk wasn't backed up by how they played in their 124-96 loss to Memphis, which evened the series at one game apiece.
Wolves-Memphis Game 2 recap

Wolves-Memphis Game 2 recap

A quick look at Tuesday night's loss.
Wolves guard Patrick Beverley is a big believer in the even-keel approach in the NBA playoffs.

Emotional Timberwolves trying to 'reserve energy' in playoffs

Guard Patrick Beverley told the team it can't get too high or too low in a playoff series.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley (5) celebrates his 3 point score late in the 4 quarter in Minneapolis, Minn., on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

The care factor: How Malik Beasley turned his season around

The Timberwolves guard shook off a slow start to the season and rounded into form after the All-Star break by investing in team over himself.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) in the second half of Game 1.

Edwards, McDaniels shine during introduction to playoff spotlight

In their first playoff game, Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels were standouts in the upset win over the second-seeded Grizzlies.
Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards shoots against Memphis guard Desmond Bane in the second half of Game 1. Edwards finished with 36 points.

Edwards, Towns come up big for Timberwolves in Game 1 win over Memphis

Combining for 65 points, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves to a stunning 130-117 victory over Memphis in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series.
Anthony Edwards was introduced before the Timberwolves’ game against Washington on April 5 at Target Center.

Anthony Edwards: The endless joy of the young Timberwolves star

Given his incandescent smile and the unflappable bravado of his game, it might seem Edwards knew from the moment he picked up a basketball he was headed for the NBA.
Memphis guard Ja Morant tried to fend off Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels during the first half during Game 1

McDaniels steps up with key block, three-pointer in Wolves' Game 1 victory

After stopping the Grizzlies' Ja Morant, Jaden McDaniels dropped a pivotal basket from the corner in the final two minutes.
Wolves-Memphis Game 1 recap

Wolves-Memphis Game 1 recap

A quick look at Game 1 of the playoff series with the Grizzlies.
Veteran guard Patrick Beverley, left, and coach Chris Finch helped instill accountability with the Timberwolves this season.

Wolves toughened up after loss-filled start, became a playoff team

The Wolves went from a 4-9 record at the start of the season to the No. 7 seed thanks to resiliency in the face of difficulties throughout the season.
Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns battled Memphis’ Brandon Clarke (15) and Desmond Bane when the teams played into overtime on Nov. 8.

Timberwolves will need to keep Grizzlies off offensive glass

Memphis led the NBA in offensive rebounding while the Wolves were one of the worst defensive rebounding teams.
Karl Anthony-Towns (32) of the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday, April 12, at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • carlos.gonzalez

Towns says he's 'in a good space' despite bad game against Clippers

Karl-Anthony Towns entered a huddle of media Thursday knowing he had to answer for his performance in the Wolves' play-in victory over the Clippers. He didn't duck.
Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin drove to the basket on Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga in a March 1 game.

After sitting out play-in, McLaughlin set to contribute vs. Memphis

Timberwolves backup point guard Jordan McLaughlin didn't play against the Clippers despite a strong second half of the season.
Patrick Beverley celebrated Tuesday’s victory with Alex Rodriguez, who is buying the team with Marc Lore from Glen Taylor.

Wolves' Beverley fined $30,000 by NBA for postgame celebration, language

The NBA fined Patrick Beverley in reaction to the veteran's "inappropriate statements during a media interview and on social media" after Tuesday's play-in win over the Clippers.
D’Angelo Russell of the Wolves and Reggie Jackson of the Clippers battled for a loose ball on Tuesday.

Wolves need repeat performances from Russell, defense in playoffs

D'Angelo Russell's shot-making and the team's aggressive defense could hold the key in a playoff series against Memphis.
Anthony Edwards celebrates at the end of the game after scoring 30 points and leading the Timberwolves to a play-in game victory over the Clippers on

Wolves rally into the playoffs as Target Center erupts in delirium

After Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out, the Wolves used a 16-2 run to defeat the Clippers and advance to the playoffs against Memphis.
Sachin Gupta has been the interim president of basketball operations since September, but Wolves ownership has yet to decide if he’ll be the one to

Wolves boss Gupta still makes team decisions, but job isn't permanent yet

Sachin Gupta and coach Chris Finch, who received a four-year contract extension Monday, have a long history of working together from when they were in the Rockets organization.
The Timberwolves have had to learn how best to get the ball to center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) against the Clippers, who often guard him with a smaller

'Just another game': Wolves prepare for play-in battle with Clippers

The Timberwolves lost three times to the Clippers earlier this season, but both teams have made many adjustments since then.
Timberwolves guard Jaylen Nowell and coach Chris Finch had a discussion during a game this season. The Wolves improved to 46 victories from 23 a year

Finch gets four-year contract extension from Timberwolves

The team announced Chris Finch's deal a day before it has an NBA play-in game at home against the Clippers. Assistant coaches got extensions, too.
Guard Paul George (shown working against Wolves forward Jaden McDaniels in a November 2021 game) is the Clippers’ leading scorer at 24.3 points per

Timberwolves gameday: Play-in game against Clippers on tap

Los Angeles overcame lengthy absences for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George because of injuries to reach the doorstep to the playoffs.
Derrick Jones Jr. (5) of the Bulls and Jaylen Nowell (4) of the Timberwolves fought for position in the second quarter.

Wolves play out the string, lose to Bulls ahead of play-in game

The Timberwolves lost to the Chicago Bulls 124-120 in their final regular season game, but in a welcome change for the franchise more meaningful games are coming.
Wolves-Chicago game recap

Wolves-Chicago game recap

A quick look at the regular-season finale.
Center Greg Monroe was a big contributor in the Wolves’ 108-103 victory over the Celtics at Target Center on Dec. 27, scoring 11 points after starti

In his return, Monroe sees Wolves pulling together for postseason

The center has had 10-day contracts with the Wolves, Wizards, Bucks and Jazz this season, and he'll add size and postseason experience in his second stint with the team.
Greg Monroe defended against Utah’s Donovan Mitchell on Dec. 31 during the Timberwolves center’s first stint with the team.

Wolves-Chicago game preview

Both teams will move on after Sunday's regular-season finale, which has no bearing on the playoffs or play-in games.
Deni Avdija of the Wizards shot as Wolves guard  Jordan McLaughlin rushed to defend on Tuesday.

Wolves defense has become a problem at the worst possible time

Whatever happens with their postseason situation, the Wolves know fixing the defense quickly is their top priority after yielding more than 130 points in four of their last five games.
Anthony Edwards of the Timberwolves.

Crunch time for Wolves with two games left before playoffs, starting Thursday vs. Spurs

Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs are looking to improve their playoff seeds in Thursday's game.
Anthony Edwards and Karl Anthony-Towns walk back to the bench after checking out of the game with their team down big in the fourth quarter Tuesday

Wolves booed for poor defensive effort in lopsided home loss to Washington

It has been a while since the Wolves lost a game they shouldn't have to a lesser opponent. Tuesday against a Washington team without Bradley Beal, Minnesota allowed 72 points in the paint.
Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) combine to stop Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley.

Injured McDaniels returns to Wolves' lineup with three regular-season games left

He had been out since March 14 with a high left ankle sprain.
Tuesday's Timberwolves-Washington game recap

Tuesday's Timberwolves-Washington game recap

The Wolves only had six offensive rebounds, well below their season average of 11.3.
Jordan McLaughlin is fifth on the Timberwolves in plus-minus since March 1.

Jordan McLaughlin keeps things humming for Timberwolves

The point guard has been key to the second-half resurgence of the team's bench; coach Chris Finch says, "He's been one of our best players, period."