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Wolves
June 4

What the NBA's return-to-play plan means for the Wolves' lottery odds

The Wolves will have a 14% chance of landing the top pick in the upcoming draft.
Wolves
May 20
Wolves mailbag: Has Gersson Rosas done a good job running the team?

Wolves mailbag: Has Gersson Rosas done a good job running the team?

Given everything that's happened during his first year on the job, is it possible to give the Timberwolves president anything but an incomplete for his work?
Wolves
May 5
Wolves mailbag: Who's the starting power forward next year?

Wolves mailbag: Who's the starting power forward next year?

Among other things, there are questions about the big men the team will have to complement Karl-Anthony Towns for the 2020-21 season.
Wolves
April 14
Mailbag: Will the Wolves trade draft picks? Can they get Booker?

Mailbag: Will the Wolves trade draft picks? Can they get Booker?

Monday was a mournful day for the Timberwolves organization following the death of Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of center Karl-Anthony Towns. But readers still have a lot of questions about the team, and beat writer Chris Hine has answers.
Wolves
April 4
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett at a game in January 2016.

Wolves owner Taylor: KG's Hall of Fame induction 'an honor so well deserved'

Team's owner praises Garnett's accomplishment despite their rocky relationship in recent years
Wolves
March 25
Lynx Mailbag: What's up with Maya -- and will season start on time?

Lynx Mailbag: What's up with Maya -- and will season start on time?

Kent Youngblood answers your two biggest questions.
Coronavirus
March 25
Jacqueline Cruz-Towns and Karl-Anthony Towns before a photo shoot at the end of his rookie season with the Wolves in 2016.

Wolves' Towns reveals his mother is in hospital battling COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns said his mother is in the hospital and currently in a medically-induced coma as she battles COVID-19. "We're going to keep fighting," he said.
Wolves
March 24
Wolves Mailbag: Will the team be able to keep Malik Beasley?

Wolves Mailbag: Will the team be able to keep Malik Beasley?

Timberwolves beat writer Chris Hine answers a bunch of your burning questions about the NBA.
Wolves
March 17
Target Center.

Glen Taylor pledges $1 million relief fund for Target Center part-time workers

Owner said he wanted to make sure workers aren't negatively affected financially during coronavirus pandemic.
Wolves
March 15
Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns sat at Hopkins High School earlier this month watching Paige Bueckers play.

Towns making $100,000 donation to Mayo for COVID-19 research

Karl-Anthony Towns made the announcement on Instagram as the Mayo Clinic begins rolling out a test for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
Wolves
March 12
The Timberwolves stayed in Houston after playing the Rockets on Tuesday.

Wolves set to fly back to Minneapolis today, hope to practice soon

The Wolves may be able to resume practicing soon, as Dallas owner Mark Cuban said Wednesday night the league has told teams it could keep practicing even though the season is on hold.
Wolves
March 10
Rockets guard James Harden reaches behind Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley

Beasley's tough night a product of increased attention

Wolves shooting guard Malik Beasley is starting to draw more attention from opposing defenses, Ryan Saunders says.
Wolves
March 6

Saunders explains why red-hot Beasley sat during 4th quarter Wolves loss

Ryan Saunders was hoping Friday's game would be closer when it was time to bring Malik Beasley back in. It wasn't.
Wolves
March 4
The Timberwolves' James Johnson goes up for a rebound against Dallas Mavericks' Justin Johnson

James Johnson says Wolves have no 'fake gym rats'

James Johnson has been a connecting force for the Wolves since arriving at the trade deadline. He said his new teammates are committed to improving, even in tough times
Wolves
March 3
Timberwolves center Naz Reid

Wolves praise Reid's performances in win over Pelicans

Zion Williamson had 25 points, but the undrafted Naz Reid held his own, scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for his first career double-double that earned the praise of teammates and coaches along the way.
Wolves
February 29
Allen Crabbe

Wolves agree to buyout with Crabbe

Allen Crabbe arrived in Minnesota after the Wolves traded Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham to Atlanta to get him on Jan. 16. He played in just nine games and averaged 3.2 points.
Wolves
February 28
Orlando guard Markelle Fultz, right, scoops up a loose ball next to Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell during the second half

Russell held scoreless in fourth quarter of loss to Magic

D'Angelo Russell had scored 28 points before that, but "blitzing" Magic defense kept him off the score sheet in 4th.
Wolves
February 27
Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell

NBA fines Wolves $25,000 for resting Russell vs. Nuggets

D'Angelo Russell missed Sunday's loss for what the Wolves called "planned rest" and Russell has played in each of the team's last two games. But the NBA said Russell was a healthy player under league policy.
Wolves
February 26
Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Juancho Hernangomez celebrate in the final seconds

Lineup adjustment helps lead to go-ahead basket for McLaughlin

Coach Ryan Saunders decided to put both his point guards on the floor at the same time.
Wolves
February 24
Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell was guarded by the Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first half in Dallas on Monday night.

Russell says Wolves' workload management plan for him is 'smart'

The guard is on board if the team wants to rest him in a certain game.
Wolves
February 23
The futures of Kelan Martin (left) and Jordan McLaughlin with the Timberwolves are up in the air past this season because they are on two-way contract

Wolves' Martin, McLaughlin take advantage of expanded opportunity

Wolves' two-way players showed their skill in loss to Denver
Wolves
February 22
Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell

'Planned rest': Russell out for Sunday's Wolves game in Denver

D'Angelo Russell did not practice Saturday in Denver and coach Ryan Saunders mentioned Russell was dealing with knee soreness. Russell received treatment after Friday's loss to Boston.
Wolves
February 21
Amir Coffey guarded Timberwolves center Naz Reid earlier this month at Target Center.

Reid likely to see more minutes with Towns out

The Wolves have been high on Naz Reid, giving him a multi-year deal shortly after signing him following the draft in June. And now he's gone from undrafted rookie to the starting lineup.
Wolves
February 20
Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns to get second opinion on wrist; Layman returns to practice

The Timberwolves should be getting a member of their frontcourt back soon while another will see just how long he will be out.
Wolves
February 8
Malik Beasley

Beasley catches fire in Timberwolves debut

The recently-acquired guard from Denver hit 7 of 13 from three-point range

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