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Trade Rumors: Twolves Will Make Move To Get Andre Iguodala.
Friday , Jun , 07 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Trade Rumors: Twolves Will Make Move To Get Andre Iguodala.

Trade Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves have the money, needs, and hunger to land Andre Iguodala this off-season.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Looks like a great fit for everyone concerned except the Denver Nuggets who will be significantly weaker without Iguodala.

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Cavs Look To Trade #1 Pick For Kevin Love.
Thursday , May , 30 , 2013 HoopsVibe News

Cavs Look To Trade #1 Pick For Kevin Love.

The Cavs are rumored to be hungry to trade their #1 draft pick for Kevin Love.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If they can get their hands on a proven commodity like Love, they should take it.

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Today In NBA History 1991: Tim Hardaway Sets Futility Record
Friday , Dec , 28 , 2012 Paul Eide

Today In NBA History 1991: Tim Hardaway Sets Futility Record

21 years ago today, Tim Hardaway had the worst shooting performance in NBA history.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Even John Starks' 1994 Game 7 Finals performance was better.

On 12/27/91, Golden State Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway set the NBA record for most field goal attempts in a game without making one, by going 0-17. In spite of his efforts, the Warriors beat the newly formed Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 in overtime. Hardaway became known as more of a three point shooter during the latter parts of his career, especially during his time with the Heat. But of the 17 shouts he missed, only two were three point attempts.

But in '91, this was young Hardaway, one of the quickest players in the league, the proprietor of the "Killer Crossover" that was unguardable in the time prior to the NBA allowing zone defense. He was shooting roughly 47% during his third year in the league when this game occurred.

From this era, you could easily envision a guy like "Mad Max" Vernon Maxwell or another three point gunner having an 0-17 game. But Hardaway was never one for frivolous shots. Even though he only scored two points (on free throws) in the game, he dished out 13 assists, several of which went to a hot-shooting Chris Mullin who went 15 of 24 while pouring in a game high 36 points. But in 44 minutes I'm just amazed he couldn't get an easy layup while taking Scott Brooks or Pooh Richardson to the cup.

But "Tim Bug" doesn't want you to remember him for one game he played 21 years ago right now. He wants you to remember that he reached 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than every player in NBA history, other than Oscar Robertson. He'd also prefer that you think of the season he had in 1991-92 (the same year as the abysmal 0 for 17 shooting game), where he became the seventh player in NBA history to average 20+ ppg and 10+ apg in the same season.

Even great players can have a bad game. Who in today's NBA can you see challenging Hardaway's record this year?

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Kevin Love Is Pissed Off
Wednesday , Dec , 12 , 2012 Paul Eide

Kevin Love Is Pissed Off

Kevin Love recently made comments about his feelings regarding the future of the Timberwolves.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Where's the "Love"?

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Andrei Kirilenko To Nets, Warriors Or T-Wolves
Wednesday , Jul , 25 , 2012 Paul Eide

Andrei Kirilenko To Nets, Warriors Or T-Wolves

Would AK-47 turn his back on Russia to rejoin the NBA? Fresh off being named the Euroleague's 2012 MVP,  he is reportedly considering a return to the NBA.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: It isn't a question of if or when he will return to the NBA, but how much money it will take to get him back.

At one time Kirilenko was one of the most well rounded, efficient players in the entire league. At 6-9 and as a former 1st team All-NBA defensive player, his career averages speak to his versatility: 12.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 bpg, 1.4 spg all while shooting 47% from the floor, 31% from three and 76% from the line made him a rare talent and defensive nightmare for opposing teams.

AK left the US to play in Russian prior to last season . Even though he has 10 years of NBA experience under his belt, he is just 31 years old and has plenty of good run left.

Today, Kirilenko told a group of reporters what his plans for the upcoming season potentially consisted of. "I want to decide my new team before the Olympics. There are several options in the NBA, but the final choice has not been made yet."

Kirilenko also told a Russian news outlet the following, further hyping his return: "I'll continue my career in the NBA. Which club in particular, we'll know in a day or two."

Rumors are swirling that the Brooklyn Nets would have an advantage seeing as how fellow countryman Mikhail Prokhorov owns teh squad. And in some capacity, PG Deron Williams is trying to convince Kirilenko that he is the missing piece for a championship run.

But would he really accept the veteran's minimum (which is all the Nets can offer) to play in Brooklyn? Even though the new NBA trend is for veteran stars in search of a ring to take lower money in hopes of corralling a championship, it sure seems unlikely, considering the money he can get from other interested teams, most notably the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors.

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Tuesday , Apr , 24 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Glen Taylor: Timberwolves picking up option on David Kahn

Wolves owner Glen Taylor said the team has already informed or is informing president of basketball operations David Kahn that it has picked up Kahn's option for next season.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call:
Not long ago, it seemed unlikely David Kahn would return to the Minnesota Timberwolves' front office.

In fact, Kahn was a league-wide laughingstock. Somewhere between the depths of Isiah Thomas and incompetence of Stu Jackson.
 
After all, he spent months waffling on whether to fire or keep Coach Kurt Rambis, even asking the former Laker to produce a homework assignment before ultimately giving him the pink-slip.

Kevin Love was unsure about inking an extension, while nobody knew if Ricky Rubio was worth the two-year wait and fifth overall pick in the draft lottery.  

Yet, somehow, it worked. Rick Adelman brought stability to the sideline. Love, in large part because of his weight loss, took another step in the superstar pecking order. And Rubio lived up to expectations before sustaining a season-ending injury.

The Timberwolves were relevant for most of 2012 and in the playoff hunt for large stretches of the season. So Kahn deserves to be back in 2013. Who knows what happens next, though?

The former media scribe signed a three year deal in 2009 with two additional options for 2013 and 2014. All bets could be off if the Timberwolves fail to qualify for the playoffs next year.

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Saturday , Mar , 31 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Garnett on returning to Minnesota: ‘No way’

During the second quarter, Garnett was taking the ball out of bounds and a fan hollered: "Hey Kevin, please come back next year!" Garnett simply muttered: "No way."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Garnett may have considered returning to Minnesota -if Glen Taylor didn’t kick him on his way out the door so many years ago.

Taylor, the Timberwolves' owner, publicly bad-mouthed Garnett months after wrapping the Hall of Fame post in a bow and giving him to the Boston Celtics as part of the most one-sided swap in franchise history.

Garnett, for better or worse, has pride. Lots of it. He has a long memory and won't consider signing with the Timberwolves as a free agent this summer.

It doesn’t matter that he still loves the city. And it doesn’t matter that the team are returning to prominence behind the fine play of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.

Taylor still owns the team, which means the Timberwolves have no shot at Garnett.

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Saturday , Mar , 31 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Stephon Marbury is real life Mr. Baseball, winning championship in China

Beijing Ducks, led by former NBA star Stephon Marbury who notched game-high 41 points on Friday night, clinched their first-ever title of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league. Edging defending champions Guangdong Hongyuan 124-121 at home, Beijing Ducks, who entered the finals for the first time, won 4-1 on aggregate in the best-of-seven series. Guangdong had been crowned seven times in the past eight seasons.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: I have a confession. I never thought Stephon Marbury would be a champion in any league or at anything.

After all, Marbury had toxic traits -wearing out his welcome in Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, and the entire NBA.

Things often got weird, too. There was his bizarre interview where he referred to his wife has his better ‘ho’. There was his preacher-like sermon when the Knicks acquired Zach Randolph. There was his role in Isiah Thomas’ sexual harassment case. There was his banishment from the New York Knicks and some bizarre youtube clips.

Too Marbury’s credit, he has moved on. The past is the past. In China, he won a championship, sold sneakers, and even served as a go-between when J.R. Smith got into trouble with his Chinese club a few months ago.

The entire episode reminds me of the redemption flick Mr. Baseball, where Tom Selleck finds his way in Japan after bottoming out with the New York Yankees. 

So, wll Marbury stay in China or return to America if he scored an offer from an NBA side? Whatever happens, it will be interesting. Things always are with Marbury.

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Monday , Mar , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kevin Love, J.J. Barea in sideline scrap

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Like it or not, teammates fight.

Fans and media shouldn’t overreact to Minnesota Timberwolves teammates J.J. Barea and Kevin Love getting into an altercation during last night’s game against the Sacramento Kings.

The Timberwolves were playing poorly, which led to Barea and Love briefly losing their cool. Both had moved on when reporters asked about the incident during post-game interviews.

Remember, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had a momentary tiff earlier in the year, and the Oklahoma City Thunder sit atop the league standings.

Expect this to blow-over. Watch the video and get at us with thoughts on Barea and Love’s squabble.

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Thursday , Mar , 15 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sources: Wolves, Blazers, Lakers to swap Beasley, Crawford, Blake?

Lakers getting Beasley, Jamal Crawford to Minnesota and and Steve Blake to Portland is getting close, the News Mitch Lawrence reports.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If reports are true, this three team deal will soon be official.

While not a blockbuster, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Portland Trail Blazers would all benefit from this swap of useful parts. Here is why:

1) The big winner would to be the Lakers. Beasley, a terrific scorer, would allow Metta World Peace to return to the bench.

2) Jamal Crawford would provide the Wolves with scoring and depth because Ricky Rubio is, of course, injured.

3) Blake, who has had two previous stints with the Blazers, would stablize the one-spot in Rip City.

Expect this deal to soon become official. All three teams will get a boost for the stretch drive.

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Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Rockets and Lakers still talking Gasol trade?

Lakers front office telling people that "nothing is happening" with Pau Gasol, league sources say. For now, anyway.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Los Angeles Lakers want great, not good.

So it doesn’t matter that Pau Gasol was an integral part of the purple-and-gold winning two championships. To stay great, the Lakers must make changes -and that likely means parting with Gasol.

In the last year, the Spaniard has been linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves, included in Dwight Howard trade talk, and nearly sent to the Houston Rockets as part of the nixed Chris Paul deal.

Bottom line: Lakers’ management are willing to sacrifice their All-Star so they can rebuild for another championship on the fly.

Fair enough. What if the Lakers can’t trade Gasol for a superstar before the deadline?

Then Kobe and company will have the unenviable task of pushing for a championship with a disgruntled second star.

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Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Report: Ricky Rubio has torn ACL?

Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio will have an MRI on his left knee Saturday morning amid fears he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They waited for him to cross the Atlantic Ocean and suit up in The Frozen Tundra of ’Sota.

Now there are fears Ricky Rubio, the point guard sensation and cult hero, won’t complete his first season with Minnesota due to a torn knee ligament sustained in a collision with Kobe Bryant.

Rubio’s MRI test is this weekend, which means the Timberwolves’ renaissance season could soon go down the toilet.

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Wednesday , Feb , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers want Mike Beasley?

The Lakers' front office knows Kobe Bryant is looking for it to improve the roster, and GM Mitch Kupchak has been working the phones. He's spoken to Minnesota about Michael Beasley, and sources say the Lakers are intrigued by the Timberwolves' small forward. The Lakers were actually in discussions with Minnesota about a potential trade for Beasley before the season started. If they would have been able to pull off the deal for Chris Paul, there is a good chance that a trade for Beasley would have followed.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It makes sense.

Acquiring Michael Beasley would be wise for the Los Angeles Lakers because the NBA’s glamour team is old and stale.

With Shannon Brown in Phoenix and Lamar Odom doing the reality television thing in Dallas, the purple-and-gold struggle to get easy hoops in the open court.

Beasley, despite having off-court issues, can flat-out score. He can hit the three, get to the hoop, and post up opposing forwards on the block.

Moreover, superstar Kobe Bryant could mentor Beasley and steer him away from off-court temptations in Los Angeles and the trappings of Hollywood.

Most importantly, the Lakers need a jolt if they’re to rebuild on the fly, contend in the Western Conference, and capitalize on the final years of Bryant’s career.

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Friday , Feb , 17 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Lakers trading Gasol?

"There's talks and rumors every day. Today I was reading it was Minnesota is really interested in trying to put a good package together," he said. "[Other teams are] calling, and it seems like things are just waiting for the right offer to come along, for [the Lakers] to pull the trigger."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Pau Gasol should feel uncertain about his future.

Two months, the Los Angeles Lakers nearly included him in a three team trade for New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul.

During the lockout, reports surfaced that the Lakers had offered Gasol to the Minnesota Timberwolves for franchise face Kevin Love.

Recently, rumors have swirled linking Gasol to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard, and the Lakers are still apparently talking to the Wolves.

So, why the trade chatter?

Well, the Lakers are expected to win a championship every year. Hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy is the only way to satisfy the ‘celebs’ at Staples Center and Kobe Bryant, their franchise player and the NBA’s Alpha Male.

Right now, the Lakers stand little chance of meeting such expectations. And Gasol can still fetch a pretty-penny on the trade market, which would help the Lakers rebuild on the fly. 

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Sunday , Feb , 05 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Kevin Love plays ‘Pele’ with Luis Scola’s head

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Love’s image will take a hit.

After a tough sequence on the offensive end, the star power forward seemed to intentionally kick the head of Luis Scola in last night's game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets.

Love could have avoided Scola, but looks at the Argentine before giving him the Pele treatment with his foot.

Watch the video and tell HoopsVibe News in the comment below if Love deserves to be suspended.

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Thursday , Jan , 26 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: T-Wolves get credible with Love signing?

The Minnesota Timberwolves and star forward Kevin Love have agreed to a four-year contract extension worth between $60 million and $62 million, beating Wednesday's midnight ET deadline.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Put a check beside star power forward. Put a check beside franchise face. Put a check beside credibility.

The Minnesota Timberwolves achieved all of the above by signing Kevin Love to a four year extension worth near the maximum at $62 million.

These are not those Timberwolves. They are not the squad that made annual trips to the draft lottery in New Jersey. They are not the league’s laughingstock.

They are relevant and challenging for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

And the man that made this possible, Love, is returning for a minimum of three years -with a player’s option for the fourth year.

So, one building block is in place. And things could finally be changing in Minnesota.

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Saturday , Jan , 21 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves blowing opportunity with Kevin Love extension?

"From a coaching standpoint, it's really important," he said. "He's crucial to us. I'm hoping that something is going to happen for his sake. He came out with a great start this season and, hopefully, they're going to come to some resolution. I don't know what would happen if it didn't come to fruition. That's something that we'd have to deal with at that time." If Wednesday's deadline passes and Love isn't signed to a four- or five-year deal expected to be worth $15 million a year or more, the issue will hang over the franchise until next summer, when he will become a restricted free agent able to negotiate with any NBA team. The Wolves would have the right to match any offer, however.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Love’s extension is an opportunity for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

For years, the Timberwolves were a joke, the league’s northern laughingstock where no decent talent would ply his trade.

The players saw how owner Glen Taylor treated former franchise face Kevin Garnett. Taylor couldn’t get Garnett a decent supporting cast, and insulted the Big Ticket after trading him to the Boston Celtics.

The losses piled up. And those losses became draft picks, which became young talent.

Like Love.

The power forward has been a major force in the franchise’s drive to respectability on-court. Currently, Love’s averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds for an improving 7-8 Wolves side.

Sure, they’re not perfect, but the Timberwolves are making major strides in the Western Conference.

Are they making strides off-court, though? Will Taylor open his wallet, pay Love the maximum contract he deserves, and show the league the Timberwolves' days in the league basement are over?

Well, it depends on Taylor. If he views Love’s extension as an opportunity, he agrees to terms as soon as possible with the young superstar’s people.

If not, he stalls and maybe saves money by matching an offer from another team this summer when Love becomes a free agent.

However, the rest of the league are watching, and they'll realize nothing, or very little, has changed with the Timberwolves' ownership. 

And Taylor and the Wolves will have blown another opportunity.

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