The Timberwolves finalized their summer league roster on Sunday. Headlining the group of 19 players are Derrick Williams and Wes Johnson, who are both trying to move on from a forgettable 2011 season. Minnesota plays five games this week, starting with the L.A. Clippers Monday at 9:00 p.m.
Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, is already being referred to as a "bust." His first-year struggles have led to plenty of trade speculation. He admits he "had an up-and-down rookie season" and "if I had played a little better, maybe we wouldn't be having this talk."
Among a list of rumors on ESPN.com's NBA Draft coverage, the Timberwolves are allegedly shopping Derrick Williams in an attempt to move up from the No. 18 pick. Williams was the No. 2 pick in last year's draft. The Wolves top draft need is thought to be a talented shooting guard to play next to Ricky Rubio.
Wolves' forward Derrick Williams says "this offseason is pretty big" for him. Williams, who wants to lose 15 points, will be following the blueprint Kevin Love used to lose 25 pounds last summer. Love says if Williams can handle a diet and strict workout plan, "he'll make a big bump in his career."
The injury riddled Timberwolves dropped an important game to the Trail Blazers, 119-106, Sunday night in Portland. Injuries kept Nikola Pekovic, Michael Beasley and J.J. Barea out of the game. With only 12 games to go, the Wolves are three-and-a-half games behind Houston for the eighth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams helped the Wolves outscore the Suns, 127-124 in Phoenix last night. Love scored 30 points, Pekovic poured in 24 and Williams added 19. It's the most points the Wolves have scored in a game this season.
The Timberwolves pounded Portland, 106-94 Wednesday night at Target Center for their third straight win, and fifth straight at home. Kevin Love continued his torrid pace with 29 points and 16 rebounds and Wes Johnson had his best game as a pro, scoring 19 points on 8-11 shooting.
The two NBA players recently spent an afternoon in Minnesota testing their angling abilities on Lake Waconia.
Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams will be opponents during next weekend's Rising Stars Challenge. The teams were drafted by Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley on TNT. Shaq drafted Rubio to his team while Barkley took Williams. For the record, Sir Charles' team is named "Round Mound of Rebound."
Kevin Love served the first of his two game suspension Tuesday night, and the Wolves still found a way to win. They beat the Kings at Target Center, 86-84. The Wolves are now one game over .500 at 13-12. Nikola Pekovic had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ricky Rubio tied a career-high with 14 assists.
Tweeting that he feels "like a caged lion," Timberwolves rookie Derrick Williams tells the Pioneer Press he'd like more minutes. He might get his wish as early as tonight, as the Wolves begin a two-game stretch without the suspended Kevin Love.
The red hot Houston Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 107-92 at Target Center Monday night. Minnesota led by five points late in the third quarter, but was outscored 42-22 over the rest of the game. Kevin Love finished with 39 points and 12 rebounds.