Timberwolves Summer League Game 3 Recap

(Younger) Coach Adelman coaches the Timberwolves to a 1-2 start in Summer League

(Younger) Coach Adelman coaches the Timberwolves to a 1-2 start in Summer League

After a heartbreaking tough loss on Monday to the Suns, the Timberwolves turned right back around Tuesday to face the Miami Heat.  As should be expected for Summer League, David Adelman threw out a new starting lineup for the game, going with John Holland, Demetri McCamey, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, and Chris Johnson.

We have a new broadcast booth for today’s game and I wasn’t too excited about it.  While I enjoy Joel Meyers, he was partnering with someone that I loathe.  The analyst for today’s broadcast is none other than Isiah Thomas; one of the more despicable men in the world.  Sorry, but I’m not holding back here.  I have no idea why NBA TV hired Thomas, or why anyone else would across the league … for ANY position.  Please go away for good!  (Steps off pedestal)

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Timberwolves Summer League Game 2 Recap

Have at it Robbie! (Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, US PRESSWIRE)

Have at it Robbie!
(Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, US PRESSWIRE)

Game 2 from Las Vegas had the Timberwolves facing the Phoenix Suns.  Unfortunately, the game was not covered live on NBA TV and we are relying on the Summer League app and the Nexus for this recap.

The Wolves opened up with a different lineup this evening, with Lorenzo Brown, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, Mychel Thompson, and Chris Johnson.  The Suns opened up with a pretty intriguing Summer League starting five with the Morris twins, Kendall Marshall, Archie Goodwin, and PJ Tucker.

The Wolves started the game hot from beyond the arc, hitting 6 of their first 8 attempts, and opening up a 23-10 lead that forced the Suns to take a timeout.  This included one from Shabazz, and two apiece from Hummel and Demetri McCamey.  The good times kept rolling through the first quarter and shots kept dropping for the Timberwolves, who took a 32-14 lead into the second quarter.

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Timberwolves Summer League Game 1 Recap

Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng prepare for Summer League (Photo Credit: John Autey)

Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng prepare for Summer League
(Photo Credit: John Autey)

Welcome to the Las Vegas Summer League folks!  We’re joined “live” on the Google Nexus 7 because NBA TV has the Timberwolves game in the 4am-6am timeslot (replacing the Hip Hop Abs infomercial for one week).  The Wolves opened up Summer League playing against the D-League Select team.  Here’s a quick recap of how the team looked and how things progressed in a somewhat surprisingly entertaining evening of basketball.

Steve Smith was the commentator for the game, thereby saving me a handful of whiny, complaining tweets about Reggie Miller.  Thankfully.  The Timberwolves starting five consisted of Kee Kee Clark, Shabazz Muhammad, Robbie Hummel, Chris Johnson, and Gorgui Dieng.  The production team must be ironing out the wrinkles as well, as they had Gorgui Dieng playing shooting guard when listing out the starting lineups. [Read more...]

Timberwolves Sign Ronnie Turiaf

Flip Saunders remains heavily involved in free agency, as agent Mark Bartelstein announced that his client, Ronnie Turiaf, has agreed to a two year deal with the Timberwolves.  The deal is reportedly worth $3.2 million over the two years.

Ronnie Turiaf is an eight year veteran who most recently played with the Clippers last season.  The Timberwolves will be his seventh team in those eight seasons.  While his stats may be unimpressive, Turiaf is a player that knows and accepts his role on a team and is willing to do what is needed of him.  Most specifically, that role is play strong defense in the middle and grab a few rebounds, allowing the starting frontcourt to get a breather.

What does this mean for the Timberwolves?  Quite honestly, I can’t remember an offseason when they have been so active.  Assuming Nikola Pekovic is back and the team can stay relatively healthy over the course of the season, the Wolves are a virtual lock to make the playoffs.  The roster has never been this deep before.  While the ‘03/’04 team was more talented at the top, this coming season’s roster is stronger from top to bottom in my opinion. [Read more...]

Corey Brewer to Sign with Timberwolves, Pekovic Still Working on Deal

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Wolves are close to signing both free agent swingman Corey Brewer and RFA center Nikola Pekovic. Pek’s deal is an extension that is pressumed to be in the four-year, $50 million range and Brewer’s new contract is expected to be around $15 million over three years.

Brewer was drafted by the Wolves in 2007 and played 3+ seasons with the team before being included in the three-team trade that sent him, Carmelo Anthony and pieces to the Knicks while bringing Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph to Minnesota. Brewer was immediately waived by the Knicks before playing a game and ultimately signed with the Dallas Mavericks in March of the 2011 season. Even though Brewer played in only thirteen games, he became an NBA Champion as the Mavs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Following the season, Brewer was traded to the Denver Nuggets where he averaged 10.7PPg in 141 games. The 6-foot-9 SG/SF is a lengthy and pesky perimeter defender who has a knack for releasing quickly for easy transition buckets. [Read more...]

Timberwolves Summer League Preview

Sources exclusive to the Timberpups.com team have confirmed the following: the Minnesota Timberwolves will take part in the Las Vegas Summer League that takes place from July 12th – 22nd.  The Timberwolves announced the roster on Monday and here are our participating Pups:

Luke Sikma returns to the Timberwolves Summer League squad.

Luke Sikma returns to the Timberwolves Summer League squad.

Guards:

Marqus Blakely
Lorenzo Brown
Kee Kee Clark
John Holland
Othyus Jeffers
Demitri McCamey
Brandon Paul

Forwards:

Robbie Hummel
Solomon Jones
Shabazz Muhammad
Luke Sikma
Mychel Thompson

Centers:

Gorgui Dieng
Chris Johnson
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Timberwolves Waive Stiemsma and Gelabale

To close out the holiday weekend, the Timberwolves officially announced that they have waived Center Greg Stiemsma and Forward Mickael Gelabale.  Neither of these moves should really be too surprising for Timberwolves fans, but here was the official news from the Timberwolves PR Twitter account:

First, in regard to Greg Stiemsma, there simply isn’t enough room on the roster for him.  Given the presumed return of Nikola Pekovic, the drafting of Gorgui Dieng, and the guaranteed (and cheaper) contract of Chris Johnson, there really wasn’t an easier solution for the front office.  You have to assume at this point that the club has done their homework and will be comfortable matching any offer that comes to Pekovic.  Which of course is a good thing. [Read more...]