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Howlin’ T-Wolf, Crowd Seats FREE ticket giveaway


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Howlin’ T-Wolf has teamed up with Crowd Seats and we’re giving away 2 Timberwolves tickets when they face the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday February 6th!

All you need to do to enter is RETWEET our contest tweet, which can also be found on our Twitter Page here. Here’s the tweet:

Once you retweet that, you’ll be automatically entered in our contest to win 2 Wolves’ Tickets! We’ll announce the winner on this blog and on Twitter a few days before the game.

Timberwolves Fans, get ready to save a ton of money on tickets next time you want to see a game at Target Center! With Crowd Seats, you can now get cheap NBA tickets for your Wolves! Crowd Seats is the first and only daily deals site for sports tickets and they’ve just launched in Minneapolis! No more ridiculous box office prices and even better - no more ticket fees! You’ve really gotta check this site out, especially because they’re running a contest with us!

Crowd Seats is the destination site for cheap sports tickets. Each week, Crowd Seats offers incredible sports ticket deals featuring huge discounts, great games, and absolutely NO added fees. Starting today, sports fans in and around Minneapolis can get in the crowd for a fraction of the box office price with Crowd Seats Ticket Deals. With this expansion, Crowd Seats is now at 12 total markets nationwide including Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and more. Here’s exactly how it works. Members to the first daily deals site for sports tickets get a weekly email with deals in their location — all with huge discounts and no added ticket fees. Crowd Seats hand picks the best games and the best seating areas — all you need to do is enjoy the game. Best of all — no ticket or shipping fees. Crowd Seats will email your tickets directly, allowing you to print them at your convenience and bypass any extra shipping costs. With Crowd Seats, you get in the crowd for a fraction of the price!

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Kevin Love officially ready to go under the knife


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Kevin Love goes under the knife tomorrow

The Minnesota Timberwolves report that Kevin Love is undergoing surgery tomorrow to repair the third and fourth metacarpals on his right hand that he injured over a week ago in Denver. Recovery time is estimated between 8-10 weeks.

Interestingly enough — and incredibly ironic but still very sad — Love’s original doctor, Andrew Weiland, M.D. at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, was unavailable when Love originally sustained the injury. That’s the reason for such a long delay on the surgery among others. But the other interesting development is that he’s not even performing the surgery anymore. No, actually, Dr. Michelle Carson will now work on Love, which leads me to question why the decision to switch surgeons happened this late. Obviously the Wolves are in no rush to get Love back onto the court but why not rush to at least get to the rehab, the most important aspect of the injury?

Also, Malcolm Lee will undergo his second surgery in just three days to repair both his hip and knee that will have him out the rest of the year. Lee has been constantly troubled with injuries since joining the Wolves in 2011 and now faces a long road ahead to rehabilitate to get back to playing at a pro level.

Brandon Roy Suffers a Setback; No Timetable for Return.


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This is pretty much the worst case scenario concerning Brandon Roy’s surgery: another surgery, and now more setbacks (per Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter). I really didn’t want to watch Brandon’s body breakdown up close and personal like we’re seeing, and it’s every bit as unpleasant as I imagined. You hate to see it happen to anybody, but especially to a world-class person like Brandon.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to be in your twenties, the supposed prime of your life, but not have your body able to support both your abilities, dreams, and passion in life. We know the story of the Rookie of the Year, the All-Star, then the gradual disintegration of his knees, and the seven surgeries that have since followed.

Oh yeah, all of this is before the age of thirty. I don’t want to say I feel sorry for him, but this situation just sucks.

We knew that his knees were bone-on-bone, but you wanted to believe in his comeback. You may have wondered what he was thinking risking his long-term livelihood for basketball with the wonderful family he has, but when he talked about proving it to himself and finding that self-fulfillment (or however he worded it), you couldn’t help but nod your head and wish him the best. It almost seems unfair that others have taken their gifts and opportunities for granted, but it’s a guy like Brandon who doesn’t get to have a full career.

If he retires now, no one would blame him, or criticize him for coming back, even. He gave it what he could, put in the work, but it doesn’t appear that it’s meant to be. For Shammgod’s sake, his knees are already one level away from replacement; that’s something that typically happens to people twice his age!

It would’ve been fitting if our last image of Brandon was him in the playoffs against the Mavericks, and that impression will probably be the lasting one, but we’ll still remember the handful of games of Brandon struggling in a number three jersey. And with no timetable for return, that may be all we have of Brandon as a Timberwolf.

No matter what Brandon chooses to do, I’ll wish him the best, but I just hope he’ll know when to call it quits.

Trade ideas


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Well, judging by the current state of the team and the number of DNP-CD’s that Derrick Williams has recorded this season, it’s about time to consider what will come of the former second overall pick just two summers ago. Here are some fun mock up trade ideas for the Wolves to explore as the calendar year comes to a close and the trade deadline looms:

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This deal aims at fixing the depth issue at the shooting guard. Not saying that Alexey Shved hasn’t been anything but excellent but considering the Roy experiment has not turned out like most had hoped and Malcolm Lee has suffered his own knee issues, the Wolves need someone else to hold their own at the 2-spot. Thornton gives the Wolves a scoring guard who can either start or come off the bench. Either or, one thing is for sure: Dude can score. The reason the Wolves don’t do this deal is the fact that losing JJ Barea is actually a real loss. Isaiah Thomas is not what he was last season and no where near what Barea has provided so far this season.
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Hmmm… It’s no secret that Chandler Parsons would be welcomed here with open arms, especially now that Chase Budinger will be out until March or even further. Andrei Kirilenko, as good as he is, has an injury-riddled past and having a true option other than Josh Howard would be reassuring. Royce White, though? Hey! Who knows?! He’s a Minnesota native, would be close to home. It could be the safe-haven he needs to jumpstart his NBA career but that’s a real wildcard. It would hurt to lose Luke Ridnour but I feel like he’d be necessary to get this deal done because the Rockets could use the depth.
Screen Shot 2012-12-15 at 12.57.33 AMHands down my favorite deal has the ultimate cost-reward exchange for the Wolves. Larry Sanders is a monster in the paint. The Wolves are still probably one big man short of solidifying a great front court and Sanders would surely be that guy. Many might look at this and say, “Why aren’t we getting JJ Redick?” As much as we could use him, the Bucks need him to sweeten the deal on their end because they are struggling to find another shooter outside of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. For the Magic, I also threw in the Memphis 1st rounder that the Wolves own in case they’re looking continue their rebuilding through the draft. A youngster and potential powerhouse in Williams and an extra pick might be worth dodging Redick’s contract and Andrew Nicholson’s low ceiling.

Now, I want you all to come up with your own trade ideas, preferably finding a new home for Williams. Keep ‘em realistic and share on Twitter @howlintwolf

 

Projecting Pau Gasol to the Wolves


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Pau Gasol a T-Wolf? Not likely.

David Kahn has a special affection for Pau Gasol, doesn’t he? The Timberwolves executive has been linked to the skilled Lakers’ big man for over a year now. The reason for Kahn’s fixation beyond Gasol’s basketball expertise and high i.q. is puzzling, though. Gasol’s proved that he’s deteriorating right before the NBA’s eyes and his game is losing that touch, as Gasol’s confidence continues to drown.

The Lakers have been openly — and secretively — shopping Gasol over the past year, which coincides with Kahn’s timeline perfectly. They understand his better days are behind him and need to start putting a foot through the aging franchise’s future door. Ideally, the Lakers would be able to receive back what Gasol should’ve given them this season. But it’s not 2010 and Gasol’s knee tendenitis is not a welcoming sign that he’ll turn it around any time soon, if ever. And in a free trade market, assets lose value quickly, especially big men with little-to-no mental spark or determined attitude.

That’s what makes the latest rebuff at a Wolves’ trade offer so intriguing. Marc Stein and Ramona Shelbourne reported today that the Lakers again denied a trade from Kahn’s office, reportedly centered around Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams with potentially more pieces involved beyond that.

Talk about an impressive little package. Pekovic has quickly established himself as a top-10 center in the league, while Williams, the former second overall pick in 2011, has yet to prove his worth stuck behind superstar Kevin Love and madman Dante Cunningham in the rotation.

But it’s just not enough for the Lakers to pull the trigger.

But let’s pretend. Let’s say the Lakers did go all in on a deal with the Wolves on a package revolving around Gasol, Williams and Pekovic. What would that mean for the Lakers and the Wolves?

The Lakers, it certainly means getting younger. Williams, contrary to Minnesota fans, still has hope. He’s shown this season that he can connect from deep. He’s still got moves in isolation. It all comes down to his finishing ability and overall consistency. He hasn’t been able to show that due to the eight inch thick cement walls that encloses Rick Adelman’s doghouse. As for Pekovic, well, he’s a scapegoat in case Dwight Howard bails after this season. Not likely, but Pek may be a cheaper resign option, and in the mean time, help form the strongest center tandem in the league. By far.

For the Wolves, or Kahn, I should say, he welcomes the Spaniard big man with open arms. He brings a specific skillset and veteran leadership to a squad lacking both from a big man perspective that Kevin Love just doesn’t. Love’s game is more integrated than Gasol’s but his niche skill in the post and passing ability creates serious problems for defenses when defending the paint and the baseline. Love just doesn’t have the post presence and ability to score from that spot, let alone find open players with his back to the basket. Not to mention the Spanish connection he and Ricky Rubio have already and can further root from the means of playing together in Minnesota.

But with Adelman’s offense and the current makeup of the team, Gasol’s slower pace doesn’t fit the team at all. The Wolves like to run, and once Rubio returns, the pace will pick up exceptionally more. Thinking that Gasol can run with the youthful Pack at this point in his career would be blasphemous.

This is all assuming that Gasol’s knees heal up and he can return to just 80% of the form he once used to be, which is a huge if. Not to mention the heavy contractual load that Gasol brings to an already messed up cap situation that has serious financial obligations through the next three years.

All factors considered, Gasol’s fit within the current team just isn’t right. The deal that would be in place to get him here would have serious implications on the team’s chemistry down the stretch in an integral season, where the Wolves are looking to make their first legit playoff push in a long, long time. Gasol just has too much baggage — attitude, health and contract combined — to really make a positive impact on the Wolves for the rest of the season. It’s definitely a gamble, and Kahn’s a gambling man. We just have to hope he isn’t given the real opportunity to go through with rolling the dice in the first place.

Trade ideas for contenders


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ESPN Insider’s Joe Kaiser released his ideas for some trades that contender and borderline contender squads. One of them, naturally, being the Minnesota Timberwolves, struck my curiosity.

Minnesota Timberwolves acquire: Marcus ThorntonIsaiah Thomas
Sacramento Kings acquire: Derrick WilliamsJose Juan Barea

Why it works for Minnesota: Injuries to Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger have the Wolves heavily relying on guys such as Luke RidnourAlexey Shved and Malcolm Lee in the backcourt, at least until Ricky Rubio returns. That doesn’t exactly sound like a playoff team, now does it? Adding Thornton, who is one of the best-kept secrets in the NBA and averaged 18.7 ppg as a full-time starter last season, would immediately give the team a guy in the backcourt who can flat-out score. And he’s signed for two seasons beyond this one. Thomas, seemingly in the doghouse with Keith Smart in Sacto after a stellar rookie season, would replace Barea and provide point guard depth with Ridnour until Rubio is healthy.

Why it works for Sacramento: With Cousins, Thomas Robinson and Jason Thompson manning the center and power forward spots, perimeter-oriented Williams could thrive in his more natural role as a small forward on the Kings. The No. 2 pick of the 2011 draft already seems to have one foot out the door in his Wolves career and could use a new start. Barea, signed through 2014-15, would replace Thomas and give the Kings another short point guard alongside Aaron Brooks.

The deal, I feel, certainly sways in the favor of the Timberwolves. But if you examine closely, the Kings gain in what they lose. Tyreke Evans is slowly but surely regaining confidence in his game yet again, so he seems like he could stay with Sacramento long-term. It’s only an assumption but they’d be hardpressed to not at least entertain that option. By shipping off Thornton to the Wolves, they make more room to resign Evans. And, as Kaiser put it, Williams is in need of a change of scenary, and his perimeter-oriented game would work in Sacramento with Cousins, Thompson and Robinson clogging up the middle (I guess we haven’t seen that here but a change would do Williams some good, I believe.) And then the swap of Thomas for Barea is straightforward but, as Kaiser says, Thomas is currently in the doghouse with little wiggle room to get out. They have a deep backcourt and his demotion comes as no surprise. Barea is a more cerebral player that coach Smart would certainly celebrate having.

For the Wolves, well, it’s an obvious upgrade at the two-guard. The only problem with bringing in a bonafide starter at that spot means that Alexey Shved’s development and minutes will likely see a decrease. The Wolves do indeed need to add some kind of depth at that spot but the player needs to be the right kind of guy — someone who doesn’t need a lot of minutes OR shots to make a difference on the court. That’s never an easy find, and I can say with certainty that Thornton is NOT that guy. I’d still be thrilled to see him in Minnesota yet it frightens me to think of the effect he could have on Shved. As for losing Barea for Thomas, I’m pretty mum. Thomas is more reactive than Barea but he still can hit threes just as efficiently, which is all the Wolves need from the backup point.

Wolves sign Josh Howard; Waive Will Conroy


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I’m a little late to the party but here’s the latest on the injury-riddled Wolves:

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Josh Howard, according to league sources.

Howard will add depth to the injury-ravaged Wolves, who lost Chase Budinger to injury earlier this week. Forward Kevin Love, guards Ricky Rubio,J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy also are sidelined with injuries.

Howard, a nine-year veteran, will receive a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. He is expected to fly to Minnesota for his physical Thursday.

In order to make room for the move, the Wolves had to waive guard Will Conroy. Conroy appeared in four games this season, only hitting one free throw for his only point of the season.

Back to the Howard move, it was certainly much-needed. The injury bug has bitten so badly, the depth at small forward and the front court have suffered. At one point in last night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Adelman trotted a lineup of Conroy-Lee-Shved-Cunningham-Amundson. Yikes. And without Budinger now, Kirilenko has been forced to play in long stretches, which adds up quickly (He’s played 42, 44, and 44 minutes the last three games). If healthy — a big “IF” — Howard can provide Kirilenko rest more than anything. He’s not a fantastic shooter, he’s definitely lost a stop with age. All he needs to do is fill the void that Budinger left to a certain degree so that Lee or Shved don’t have to play the small forward spot ever again. Ever.

Kevin Lo-…err…”Wes” makes an appearance in “Uncle Drew 2″


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Pepsi released the Uncle Drew advertisement about five months ago, hoping to make a pretty funny video go viral, and sure enough, it totally did. Now they are back for round two, and we are happy to pass along this video, like the corporate tools that we are.

This IS pretty entertaining, although it lacks the magic of the series’ first installment. Kyrie Irving is back as Uncle Drew, but this time he has a pick and roll partner, a step-back shooting, poster-dunk slamming shelf-stocker named Wes.

I won’t ruin the “Who is Wes?” surprise, because you totally have no idea (hint: it’s not Wes Johnson). Just know that he’s one of two star power forwards in the NBA most likely to plaster themselves all over every silly marketing campaign they possibly can (the other one’s name rhymes with Glake Briffin). Also, this is a Timberwolves blog, so there’s that hint too.

Anyway, enjoy the video:

Uncle Drew Chapter 2

I just have three things to say:

  1. Kyrie’s move at 3:00 is STRAIGHT. FILTHY.
  2. How did they convince Bill Russell to participate in this?
  3. If that last dunk is how Kevin Love broke his hand, I’ll understand why he wanted to cover it up with that whole “knuckle pushups crushed my hand” thing, as opposed to “I was filming a Pepsi commercial and I dunked on some poor sap playing pick-up at the park.” Somehow the knucks sound more respectable.

Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_NBA.

Kevin Love shaves his head for Breast Cancer Awareness


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As many of you probably know, the month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. With an assist from Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Love shaved his head completely bald to raise awareness. Breast cancer is something awfully close to me because my mother — a huge Timberwolves fan — passed away just three years ago after fighting breast cancer for nearly five years. She sure would’ve gotten a kick out of this, so I truly appreciate Love’s efforts to raise the awareness.