Minnesota Timberwolves Wiretap

Argument Between Rudy Gobert & Kyle Anderson Lead To Punch, Gobert Tweets Apology

Apr 10, 2023 1:47 AM

An argument in the huddle between Rudy Gobert and Kyle Anderson lead to Gobert punching Anderson, sources described to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. 

Anderson reportedly told Gobert to block some shots, with Gobert responding by telling Anderson to grab a "bleeping" rebound.

Gobert then lost his temper when Anderson told him to "Shut the f--- up, b----."

"That's what set Rudy off," a source told Wojnarowski.

Gobert then tweeted Anderson an apology after the game. 

"Emotions got the best of me today. I should not have reacted the way i did regardless of what was said. I wanna apologize to the fans, the organisation and particularly to Kyle, who is someone that i truly love and respect as a teammate," wrote Gobert.

Gobert nearly didn't play in the game after hurting his back on Saturday against the Spurs.

Anderson said afterwards that the situation would be handled within the team.

"We'll move forward. We want to win games. It is what it is. We'll keep it in house," said Anderson. 


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Tags: Kyle Anderson, Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Wolves Forward Jaden McDaniels Fractures Right Hand

Apr 9, 2023 6:49 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves had an eventful Sunday afternoon. Minnesota clinched the eighth seed in the upcoming Western Conference Play-In Tournament. That was the good news.

On the downside, Rudy Gobert was sent home after punching teammate Kyle Anderson during a timeout late in the first half. However, an injury to Jaden McDaniels is the bigger immediate concern.

McDaniels suffered a fractured right hand in the first half of Sunday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans. McDaniels was spotted punching a wall after being removed from the game late in the first quarter.

McDaniels is in the midst of a breakout season for Minnesota. He's averaged 12.2 points on 52/40/74 shooting splits and 3.9 rebounds per game. In addition, McDaniels has emerged as one of the best defensive forwards in the NBA.

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Tags: Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Timberwolves Send Rudy Gobert Home After He Punched Kyle Anderson

Apr 9, 2023 5:00 PM

Late in the first half of the Minnesota Timberwolves regular season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans, Rudy Gobert appeared to punch teammate Kyler Anderson in the shoulder. The incident happened while the two were arguing during a timeout.

Gobert was sent to the locker room before halftime. During the break, the Timberwolves announced Gobert was out for the remainder of the game.

Following Minnesota's victory, Timberwolves president of basketball operation Tim Connelly released the following statement:

"We made the decision to send Rudy Gobert home after the incident in the second quarter. His behavior on the bench was unacceptable and we will handle the situation internally." 

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Tags: Rudy Gobert, Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Naz Reid Out Indefinitely After Successful Wrist Surgery

Apr 5, 2023 3:56 PM

Naz Reid underwent successful surgery to repair a left scaphoid fracture. The surgery was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson today at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, in consultation with Dr. Kelechi Okoroha of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. He will continue being sidelined indefinitely and further updates on his progress will be provided when available.

In 68 games (11 starts) this season, Reid is averaging career highs with 11.5 points on 53.7% shooting and 4.9 rebounds, along with 1.1 assists per game.

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Tags: Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Rudy Gobert, Chris Finch Fined For Criticizing Officials Following Suns Loss

Mar 31, 2023 11:54 PM

Rudy Gobert was fined $25,000 and Chris Finch was fined $15,000 after each criticized officials following the Minnesota Timberwolves' 107-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

The Suns had a 27-12 advantage in free throw attempts in the game.

Finch said that Monty Williams' previous criticism of officials "works, because tonight they went to the line 27 times and we went to the line 12 times" after the game.

Gobert then claimed that officials were "trying to help them [Phoenix] win" the game.

"I think you want to see KD [Kevin Durant] in the playoffs, Steph [Stephen Curry] in the playoffs, you want to see LeBron [James] in the playoffs. Timberwolves are not there yet," added Gobert. 


Tags: Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Fines

Naz Reid Out Six Weeks With Surgery On Fractured Left Wrist

Mar 31, 2023 9:59 PM

Naz Reid will undergo surgery on his fractured left wrist and miss at least six weeks.

Reid had a breakout season in 22-23, averaging 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Reid will be a free agent this offseason and went undrafted in 2019 out of LSU.

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Tags: Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Naz Reid Suffers Broken Wrist, Out For Significant Time

Mar 31, 2023 12:51 AM

Naz Reid suffered a broken wrist, sources told Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

Reid is set to miss "a significant period of time."

Reid is averaging 11.5 points and 4.9 rebounds this season. 

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Tags: Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore Close Second $290M Payment Towards Wolves, Lynx Ownership

Mar 29, 2023 1:08 AM

Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore closed a second, $290 million payment towards full ownership of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, sources told Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.

They both now own 40% of each franchise.

Lore and Rodriguez recruited other investors to join Purple Buyers Holdings LLC, who are limited partners of the Timberwolves.

Lore and Rodriguez will now need to purchase another 40% of the team by December 31. 

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Karl-Anthony Towns To Return Wednesday After 51-Game Absence

Mar 22, 2023 11:26 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns plans to return fro this Grade 3 calf strain on Wednesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.

Towns has missed 51 straight games with the injury as he had a setback in January.

The Wolves have nine games remaining as they attempt to qualify for the playoffs.

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Tags: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns Could Return As Soon As Wednesday

Mar 21, 2023 10:17 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves are battling for seeding in the Western Conference. Now, the Wolves might have some reinforcements arriving soon. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns could both return from injuries as soon as Minnesota's game on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Edwards has missed the Timberwolves last two games, after suffering a sprained right ankle against the Chicago Bulls last Friday. Those were the first two games Edwards has missed this season. Minnesota fell at the Toronto Raptors on Saturday without Edwards, but bounced back to win at the New York Knicks on Monday.

Towns has been out since late-November with a Grade 3 tear in his right calf. Towns recently said he suffered a "major setback" in late-January, but that he's close to returning now.

Minnesota is one game under .500 and in a seven-way fight for postseason seeds in the Western Conference. That seven-team mix is all within two games of each other in sixth to 12th place in the West.

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Tags: Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

Karl-Anthony Towns Suffered 'Major Setback' In Injury Recovery in January

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Anthony Edwards Out Of Walking Boot, Day-To-Day Moving Forward

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Anthony Edwards In Walking Boot, Out Indefinitely

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Anthony Edwards Leaves Game With Right Ankle Injury

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Karl-Anthony Towns Returns To Basketball Activities, Expected To Return In Coming Weeks

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Alex Rodriguez, Marc Lore Have Funds For Next $250M Installment For Wolves On Mar. 28th

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Wolves Could Bring Karl-Anthony Towns Off Bench Upon Return

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Karl-Anthony Towns Entering 'Final Stages' Of Calf Rehab But 'No Real Timeline' On Return

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Wolves Continue To Believe In Karl-Anthony Towns, Have No Plans To Trade Him

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Bryn Forbes Arrested On Family Violence Charge

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Karl-Anthony Towns Could Return With 10-15 Games Left In Season

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Anthony Edwards, De'Aaron Fox, Pascal Siakam Named All-Star Game Replacements

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Wolves Not Expected To Pursue Patrick Beverley

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Lakers, Wolves, Jazz Discuss D'Angelo Russell, Mike Conley, Russell Westbrook Three-Way Trade

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Timberwolves, Pelicans, Raptors Showing Interest In Bones Hyland

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Mo Bamba Suspended 4 Games, Austin Rivers Suspended 3 Games For Altercation


Austin Rivers, Mo Bamba, Three Others Ejected After Fight


Bones Hyland Has Friction With Nuggets Coaches; Wolves, Hornets Interested

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D'Angelo Russell Trade 'Noise Has Kind Of Quieted'

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Bones Hyland 'Likely' To Get Traded Before Deadline

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