The Wolves Beat

The Wolves Beat

Chris Hine covers the Minnesota Timberwolves for the Star Tribune.


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

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett at a game in January 2016.

Team's owner praises Garnett's accomplishment despite their rocky relationship in recent years


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.


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

Jacqueline Cruz-Towns and Karl-Anthony Towns before a photo shoot at the end of his rookie season with the Wolves in 2016.

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 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.


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

Target Center.

Owner said he wanted to make sure workers aren't negatively affected financially during coronavirus pandemic.


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

Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns sat at Hopkins High School earlier this month watching Paige Bueckers play.

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

The Timberwolves stayed in Houston after playing the Rockets on Tuesday.

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.


Beasley's tough night a product of increased attention

Rockets guard James Harden reaches behind Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley

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


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.


James Johnson says Wolves have no 'fake gym rats'

The Timberwolves' James Johnson goes up for a rebound against Dallas Mavericks' Justin Johnson

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 praise Reid's performances in win over Pelicans

Timberwolves center Naz Reid

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 agree to buyout with Crabbe

Allen 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.


Russell held scoreless in fourth quarter of loss to Magic

Orlando guard Markelle Fultz, right, scoops up a loose ball next to Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell during the second half

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


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

Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell

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.


Lineup adjustment helps lead to go-ahead basket for McLaughlin

Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin and forward Juancho Hernangomez celebrate in the final seconds

Coach Ryan Saunders decided to put both his point guards on the floor at the same time.


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

Wolves guard D’Angelo Russell was guarded by the Mavericks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first half in Dallas on Monday night.

The guard is on board if the team wants to rest him in a certain game.


Wolves' Martin, McLaughlin take advantage of expanded opportunity

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' two-way players showed their skill in loss to Denver


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

Timberwolves guard D'Angelo Russell

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.


Reid likely to see more minutes with Towns out

Amir Coffey guarded Timberwolves center Naz Reid earlier this month at Target Center.

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.


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

Karl-Anthony Towns

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