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The Wolves Beat

The Wolves Beat

Chris Hine covers the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Star Tribune.


In Butler saga, battles playing out on social media for all to see

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler

The last 24 hours offered a bounty of material for fans to digest and unravel in the wake of Jimmy Butler requesting a trade from the Timberwolves.


End of an era: Jerry Zgoda leaves the Timberwolves beat

End of an era: Jerry Zgoda leaves the Timberwolves beat

"Looking back, it's the players and coaches – and the things they said – I'll remember more than I do the games, although there sure were a few doozies in there despite years and years of losing."


Tyus Jones donates computer lab to his old school in Apple Valley

Tyus Jones, seen with students and staff of Westwood Elementary School.

Tyus Jones returned to Westview to unveil a new technology lab for the school he helped fund in partnership with TV manufacturer TCL as part of his Write Your Own Story campaign.


Timberwolves pan for open-tryout gold

Timberwolves pan for open-tryout gold

Wolves' Iowa G-League team looking for destiny to walk through its door


Wolves contemplate Deng, other free agents for final two roster spots

Wolves contemplate Deng, other free agents for final two roster spots

With training camp fewer than three weeks away, the Wolves have had discussions with veteran free-agent forward Luol Deng and as least eight other free agents.


Wolves' preseason finalized; game against Bucks to be played in Ames, Iowa

Wolves' preseason finalized; game against Bucks to be played in Ames, Iowa

Wolves will play preseason game down I-35 from their G League team in Des Moines, Iowa


Timberwolves announce five-game preseason schedule

Timberwolves announce five-game preseason schedule

An NBA darling scheduled the last two Christmases, the Wolves aren't a part of the NBA's biggest TV games this season


Wolves add guard C.J. Williams on a two-way deal

C.J. Williams, 28, played 38 games last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 5.5 points per game. He was waived in July.

The 28-year-old journeyman broke into the NBA last season with the Clippers after five years in Europe or the development league.


'That's my guy.' Wolves' Okogie has mentor in Rockets star Chris Paul

Wolves top draft pick Josh Okogie

In high school, Okogie played for a summer on an AAU team sponsored by Houston point guard Chris Paul and last summer participated in Paul's invitation-only camp for elite college guards.


Ex-Rhode Island standout Jared Terrell gets two-way contract from Timberwolves

Ex-Rhode Island standout Jared Terrell gets two-way contract from Timberwolves

NBA teams can sign two players to two-way contracts, in addition to the 15-man regular season roster.


Wolves make it official, sign Rose

Wolves make it official, sign Rose

Wolves bring back a Tom Thibodeau favorite on a league minimum contract.


Okogie, Bates-Diop begin play with Wolves summer league team Friday

The Timberwolves’ summer league team is set to begin play Friday, featuring draft picks Josh Okogie (left) and Keita Bates-Diop.

The tournament in Las Vegas will not include last year's top pick, Justin Patton, who is recovering from foot surgery.


NBA draft-day mailbag: You have questions, we have answers

NBA draft-day mailbag: You have questions, we have answers

With tonight's NBA draft just hours away, questions abound on everything from what Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves will do with the 20th overall pick to the forthcoming free-agency period and beyond.


Jimmy Butler makes NBA all-defensive second team

Jimmy Butler makes NBA all-defensive second team

The veteran guard/forward was a second team selection for the fourth time in his career.


Butler before Game 5 in Houston: 'We can win this'

Minnesota Timberwolves Jimmy Butler (23).

Just as they were against Denver in the regular-season finale, the Wolves are faced with an elimination game tonight in Houston, but this Game 5 playoff game is a whole other thing.


Wiggins keeps cool, says he ignores 'poison' on social media

Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, left, looks for help as Houston Rockets' Chris Paul defends in the first half during Game 3 of an NBA basketba

With Game 4 tonight against the Rockets at Target Center, Timberwolves young star Andrew Wiggins says he pays no mind to public criticism he receives.


Timberwolves' Butler, down 0-2 to Rockets: 'I'm smiling, everybody's OK.'

Timberwolves' Butler, down 0-2 to Rockets: 'I'm smiling, everybody's OK.'

Wolves All-Star guard Jimmy Butler said his team needs to be less predictable, 'don't be as guardable' heading into Game 3.


Wiggins says Wolves excited and ready for home playoff game

Wiggins says Wolves excited and ready for home playoff game

Trailing their first-round series with Houston 0-2, the Wolves on Saturday night will play their first playoff game at Target Center since 2004


Tomball, Texas, is a Rockets town, except when `Jimmy's in town'

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23)

Those who knew Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler long ago are having their allegiances tested now that the pride of Tomball, Tex., is playing the Houston Rockets tonight in Game 2 of their NBA playoff series.


Teague: Wolves must adjust after playing into Houston's hands in opener

Teague: Wolves must adjust after playing into Houston's hands in opener

Wolves veteran guard Jeff Teague said his team must get All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns more touches and easy baskets in Game 2 after nine shots and eight points Sunday.