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'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.


Wolves' Gibson vows to 'tough it out' in Game 1

Wolves forward Taj Gibson left the Memphis game holding his shoulder in the first quarter Monday night.

Wolves veteran forward Taj Gibson played through the pain of a neck injury to beat Denver Wednesday and will do it again in playoff opener against the Rockets.


Butler vows: 'I'll be there to change the game' against Nuggets

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 100-96

Tonight's game is only the third time since the current playoff format started in 1983-84 that two teams meet on the regular season's final day for a playoff spot.


Gibson questionable for Wednesday's 'play-in' game vs. Nuggets

Gibson questionable for Wednesday's 'play-in' game vs. Nuggets

Timberwolves veteran Taj Gibson practiced "a little" Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday night's game against Denver that will decide which team makes the NBA playoffs.


How are Wolves handling playoff-race pressure? Thibodeau weighs in

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau protests a call by the referee during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New Yor

Coach Tom Thibodeau was asked after today's morning shootaround how the team – the young players in particular – are handling the pressure.


NBA rules Towns' 6th foul call in Denver correct

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns leaves the court after he fouled out vs. Denver

NBA Two-Minute Report says Karl-Anthony Towns did foul Denver's Jamal Murray Thursday in Denver, a violation that fouled Towns out of the crucial game with 1:46 left.


Butler named to 35-player pool for U.S. men's national team

Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler

The official 12-player team that will play in the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 Olympic games will likely come from this group of players.


Butler sounds like he's ready to play tonight for the Wolves

Butler sounds like he's ready to play tonight for the Wolves

Saying he won't decide until after he warms up, Wolves star Jimmy Butler also said this morning "I feel like I'm ready to get out there with my guys."


Playoff implications of tonight's Wolves game? They're huge

Playoff implications of tonight's Wolves game? They're huge

The Wolves and Nuggets meet tonight in Denver, and the Nuggets have a chance to tie the Wolves in the standings and get into playoff position.