Minnesota Timberwolves Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Timberwolves open the season with a back-to-back starting Oct 29 at Memphis and concluding with the home opener on Oct 30 against Detroit. The face the Bulls at home on Nov 1 before opening up a stretch of 5 of 6 on the road starting at Brooklyn on Nov 5. The return home to start a 4 game home stand on Nov 19 against the Knicks. The three game road trip to the west coast concludes with a back-to-back at Portland and at Los Angeles against the Clippers on Nov 30 and Dec 1. They then play 6 of their next 7 include, which includes a date against the Thunder on Dec 12. Their next set of games put them back on the road for 6 of 7. This includes their one trip to Cleveland on Dec 23 and a back-to-back of at Denver and at Golden State on Dec 26 and Dec 27. Their next 5 of 6 are at home, including a back-to-back at Milwaukee and at home against the defending champion Spurs on Jan 9 and 10. Lebron James and the Cavaliers make their lone trip to Minnesota on Jan 31 to wrap up a back-to-back that started at Philadelphia on Jan 30. The Wolves finish with games at home against Atlanta and Golden State before heading into the All-Star break. After the All-Star break they face a tough stretch starting with a four game road trip from Mar 9 to Mar 15 against the Clippers, Suns, Thunder and Spurs, before coming home on Mar 16 to complete a back-to-back against Brooklyn. Another back-to-back on Mar 18 and 19 at Toronto and at New York completes a stretch of games in 5 nights in 4 different cities. The Wolves finish off the season with a pair of home games on Apr 13 and Apr 15 against New Orleans and Oklahoma City.
Minnesota Timberwolves Roster
The Minnesota Timberwolves roster experienced some significant overall during the off-season. After months of speculation, All-Star Power Forward Kevin Love was traded away to Cleveland in a deal that returned #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, former #1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and forward Thaddeus Young. Also departing in the trade were guard Alexey Sheved and forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to Philadelphia. The two young prospects and veteran forward join returning point guard Ricky Rubio, center Nikola Pekovic, guard Kevin Martin, forward Corey Brewer, forward Dante Cunningham and forward Chase Budinger to form the core of the team. Rookie Zach Lavine was acquired through the draft, while veteran guard Mo Williams was picked up as a free agent. Rounding out the roster is center Gorgui Dieng, guard Jose Barea, guard Shabazz Muhammed, and center Ronny Turiaf. With the retirement of Rick Adelman, team president Flip Saunders elected to reprise his role as Head Coach for the upcoming season.
Minnesota Timberwolves Fan Experience
The Minnesota Timberwolves play their home games at the Target Center, a multipurpose arena located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The building was originally constructed in 1990 and then renovated in 2004. A new $155 million remodeling plan for the arena was approved in 2012. It became the first arena to utilize a green roof when it unveiled in 2009. It shares naming rights with the local Target Field that serves as the home of the Minnesota Twins. The Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA also call the Target Center home and allowed the Target Center to play host to its first championship even in 2011 when the played in the WNBA finals and won the title.
Minnesota Timberwolves Trivia
The Timberwolves have fallen on a bit of hard times since they traded away former MVP Kevin Garnett. They have not made the playoffs since they traded him away in 2007. Their poor performance on the court has led to multiple trips to the draft lottery. One draft was in 2009 when they landed both the 5 and 6 picks in the NBA draft. They chose to draft Johnny Flynn, who is no longer in the league, and Ricky Rubio. The next player selected was future NBA star point guard Stephen Curry.
Minnesota Timberwolves History
The Timberwolves have overall had a mediocre tenure in their brief history as a franchise. From their inception in 1989 until 1995, they routinely finished with poor records and were at the bottom of the standings. Hopefull finally arrived starting in 1994 when the team was bought by Glen Taylor and Kevin McHale was hired as general manager. In 1995 the team selected high-school prospect Kevin Garnett with the 5th pick in the NBA Draft and named Flip Saunders the Head Coach of the team. Despite a solid rookie season from Garnett, the team finished poorly again. In the draft the following season, the managing to acquire the rights to star guard Stephon Marbury, the 4th pick in the draft, after a draft day deal. Garnett and Marbury established themselves as a legit young tandem the next season, leading the team to its first playoff appearance. After another season of making the playoffs, things quickly fell apart. After signing Garnett to a long-term deal and making room to sign Marbury to one as well, Marbury refused to sign an extension. He wanted to be the leading player on his own team and he forced a trade during the 1999 season. This move combined with other poor management decisions lead to Garnett carrying a team to the playoffs every year, but losing in the first round each time. This streak of first round exits finally ended in 2004 with the acquiring of veteran guards Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell. Lead by an MVP year from Garnett and their two new players, the Timberwolves reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their history. However, they fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games after Cassell suffered an injury early in the series. Contract disputes with Sprewell and other dysfunction led to the team quickly falling apart in the next few years. After missing the playoffs altogether in the next three straight seasons, Garnett was dealt away to the Boston Celtics to start a rebuilding phase. Despite the acquiring of talented players like Al Jefferson and Kevin Love in the following years, they team has failed to make the playoffs and those players have departed. The hope of the team now rest with Andrew Wiggins, acquired for Kevin Love this past off-season.
Minnesota Timberwolves Fan Info
The Timberwolves have a loyal, but worn down fan base. The team possessed low attendance last season after enduring another disappointing year, however with the trade for Andrew Wiggins the team had record ticket-sales. The fans are hungry for hope and hungry for a winner after almost a decade of futility. They showed strong support in the past. When the team was a consistent playoff team, the fans made the Target Center one of the toughest arenas for a road team in the NBA. If the team can manage to turn it around, they will come out and support them on a consistent basis.
Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors
Contract talks are progressing on a deal for point guard Ricky Rubio. Both the Rubio camp and the team are hoping a contract extension can be completed some time in the near future. The team has no desire to trade the guard at this point. Parameters on a contract are nowhere near the max. They appear to be in the 4 year, $11 million per year range. Contrary to rumors, the Wolves were not seriously interested in Suns Guard Eric Bledsoe before he resigned with Phoenix. There is no movement at this time on the JJ Barea front. At this point there is no urgency or desire to move him this early in the season. The has been speculation that the Kings could go after Barea, but nothing concrete.