2010-11 NBA Season: Various Minnesota Timberwolves Photos Part 1 of 2
A traffic stop at 3am on June 26th on Hwy. 12 near Carlson Parkway.
Wolves forward Michael Beasley was driving 84mph in a 65mph zone when he was pulled over in Minnetonka, police said Wednesday.
The officers who stopped Beasley (22), smelled marijuana in the car and found slightly more than a half-ounce in the vehicle. According to Beasley, it wasn’t his and was actually is friends who he had just dropped off.
Michael however, was deemed—not under the influence, was cited and released.
Beasley lives just west in Orono where he was stopped.
This isn’t the first run-in with the law—in February Beasley was cited in Hennepin County for driving 70mph in a 55mph zone. He payed a $117 fine in that case.
Beasley of course had these ‘types’ of problems while he was playing in Miami. When Beasley was traded to Minnesota last summer, TWolves president David Kahn stated in a radio interview that one of his new player’s problems in Florida was that he smoked too much marijuana. The NBA of course fined Kahn and the team $50,000 each, for comments that the League deemed inappropriate.
David Kahn also stated in that interview that Beasley would be a changed man once he arrived in Minnesota. ”He’s a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he’s not smoking anymore and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case,” Kahn said back then.
The fine for his current speeding and marijuana possession is a petty misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $128. The Timberwolves cannot comment during the lockout, so it’ll be a while before we hear much more on this.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading and remember—even during the lockout—to check back daily for all your Timberwolves news, information and updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
October 2006—At Basketball City, while practicing for the Elite 24 HS All-Star Game at Rucker Park—Kevin Love throws a full-court pass to Michael Beasley for a 360 slam.
On April 12th 2011, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune made Wolves President of Operations David Kahn—a checklist of what he (Zgoda) feels need to be done this offseason for the Wolves to be successful in the future. Below you can find the original link to the article, but today we’re going to look at Zgoda’s five checkpoints and see how David Kahn has done/is doing.
- DETERMINE COACH KURT RAMBIS’ FUTURE—Well, let’s see, this article was written almost 4 months ago and we still do have affirmation on the future of Rambis. However—the situation with Rambis is, the Wolves are keeping him through the lockout, simply because it’ll be much cheaper than firing Kurt—negotiating a buyout—and hiring a new coach. David Kahn, however, should’ve had this situation resolved in the month of April OR May! It’s dragged on, and it’ll keep dragging on! (0/1)
- SIGN RICKY RUBIO—David Kahn finally got his man. After two years of visits, persuasion and coaxing, Ricky Rubio is finally going to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves and he’s certainly created a lot of hype and buzz—but can he live up to those expectations? It may take a while to find out as the NBA Lockout could wipe out part of OR the entire NBA season! (1/2)
- PURSUE VETERAN LEADERSHIP—Zgoda mentions the Wolves trying to acquire Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns. I think we know the Suns aren’t going to trade their former MVP for anyone on the Wolves roster and he’s extremely ‘tight’ in that organization, if he wants out—the Suns are going to ask him where he’d be willing to go—guaranteed Minnesota wouldn’t be on that short list. However, with the Lockout, free agency hasn’t been able to begin and as such it makes it quite difficult for the Wolves to pursue veterans for their squad with that going on. However, the Wolves have acquired one new piece. Big man Brad Miller was sent to Minnesota in a draft night deal that sent Jonny Flynn to Houston. Kahn did acquire on veteran, however, this isn’t the all-star center he was back in his Sac-Town days and he’s nearing the end of his career, with some injuries the past few, I’ll go out on a limb here and say he won’t contribute much. (1.25/3)
- WAIT—Zgoda is pleading for Kahn to wait to sign Kevin Love to an extension until after a new labor agreement is reached. Well, good news, the labor agreement is being negotiated right now and it’d be impossible for the Wolves to offer Love an extension—so Kahn wins this one, however it’ll be a matter of how much he pays Love—what he’s offered, when it comes time. Zgoda also says WAIT on offering Anthony Randolph and Michael Beasley extensions, until they get another year to ‘prove their worth’. (2.25/4)
- SAY GOODBYE—to PG Jonny Flynn. Zgoda—AND EVERYONE ELSE—knew that Jonny Flynn wouldn’t be back with Minnesota as they’ve been looking to trade him ever since the weeks leading up to the NBA Trade Deadline, earlier this year. Jonny Flynn has been traded to the Houston Rockets and there’s a chance he may be traded again (once the new labor agreement is negotiated). (3.25/5)
Not to bad Mr. Kahn 3.25/5 and we still have plenty of offseason left. However, the way you’ve handled this coaching decision and the way you’ve treated Kurt Rambis (no matter how many games we lost with him the last two seasons) is simply inexcusable! Many people would say—too bad Kahn won’t fire himself, another couple slipups like this and hopefully Glen Taylor will show him the door. Until then, we’re stuck with him (really though, the ONLY reason I don’t like him is because of the way he’s dealt with Kurt Rambis—I can’t imagine having a guy like that (someone who loves to have his “hand on the button”) be my boss).
Thanks for reading and remember to stay tuned all year round for your up-to-date TWolves news, information and updates. GO WOLVES!
The 2011 NBA Offseason has been going for quite a few months for the Minnesota Timberwolves after they failed to reach the postseason—yet again. Today, we’ll take a look at where some of your favorite Timberwolves are and what they’re doing this offseason and during the current NBA lockout!
- Kevin Love had his jaw broken in May during a medical procedure to correct his bit. He’s been cleared to return to the basketball court at the start of June, but he wasn’t able to fully participate in full-contact pickup games when he was in Minnesota in late June to play with new Wolves acquisitions: Ricky Rubio & Derrick Williams. Kevin Love has spent the majority of the offseason in California—taking some time off, because of the long summer. He’s recently begun to get back in the gym to work on his “game” and is currently in Oregon—where he grew up. He’s also been doing a few endorsements (I’m sure you’ve all seen “Love in the Shower”—Right Guard).
- Anthony Tolliver is the Minnesota Timberwolves’ union player representative. He attended the bargaining sessions in New York City in late June, however when the League imposed the labor lockout just a few days ago (June 1st—12am), Tolliver was in Bora Bora in the South Pacific-on his honeymoon.
- Michael Beasley has been working out in Los Angeles with teammates Wesley Johnson & Derrick Williams. He’s also been worked out regularly and probably mentored by former NBA star Norm Nixon.
That’s all I’ve got right now, however with the offseason likely lasting longer than wanted (with the NBA lockout) this could be the first update of many. Thanks for reading and check back daily for your up-to-date TWolves news, information and updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
|—||Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley on current head coach Kurt Rambis—who will be fired at the conclusion of the NBA Lockout.|
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to pick up contract options on three of their players—Wesley Johnson, Wayne Ellington & Lazar Hayward.
Wes was a rookie last season averaging 9ppg, 3rpg & almost 2apg. He also set a franchise record for made-threes by a rookie with 103. Wes will likely be the Wolves starting shooting guard next season, unless they find someone else in free agency—seemingly unlikely.
Wayne Ellington will be picked up for his fourth year in Minnesota. In his time, he’s been a serviceable backup at the 2-guard. Providing a deadly mark from 3.
Lazar was also a rookie last season as he played sparingly behind Michael Beasley & Martell Webster. He’ll likely be the fourth option now at the small forward—since the addition of Derrick Williams throws that off a bit. Beasley & Williams will receive most of the minutes at the 3, Martell will likely get some time at the 2-guard, leaving Lazar as the last option.
The decision(s) to retain these three players has come just two days before the potential labor lockout (7/1). Which could—potentially, wipe out all of next season!
Thanks for reading and stay tuned all year round for your daily TWolves news, information & updates—GO WOLVES!!
The new-look Minnesota Timberwolves, workout-Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, Malcolm Lee, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph, Wesley Johnson and Martell Webster at the TWolves practice facility!
Jonah Ballow talks with Minnesota forward Michael Beasley, about the offseason, Derrick Williams, Ricky Rubio and…Skittles.
Wolves David Kahn talks with the media during the 2011 NBA Draft about: Derrick Williams, their young roster, the Wolves’ ‘untouchable’ players, the future in Minnesota, free agency discussions and the dire need of veteran leadership
The heads of Minnesota TWolves fans are still spinning as they attempt to decipher who exactly the Wolves drafted and who will be playing in a TWolves uniform next season. I’ll do my best to clear the air, if anyone is still left dazed and confused.
First off, the easy one, with the #2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Arizona forward Derrick Williams. Williams will be thrown in with the bevy of forwards the Wolves already posses—Michael Beasley, Martell Webster, Wesley Johnson, Lazar Hayward, Kevin Love, Anthony Randolph & Anthony Tolliver. Tonight, David Kahn made clear to the media that Derrick Williams will be playing for the Wolves next season and that Michael Beasley ‘supported’ the Wolves selecting Williams. With that being said, Williams could still be moved for a GREAT offer, but it would take some/a special player(s) in return. Furthermore, Michael Beasley could be on the move, though David Kahn stated that Beasley isn’t going anywhere…time will tell.
After the #2 pick things got INCREDIBLY murky for the Wolves.
The next pick Minnesota had was #20 which they acquired before the draft via the Memphis Grizzlies. With the 20th overall pick, the TWolves selected Donatas Motiejunas…though he won’t be a Minnesota Timberwolf. The Minnesota Timberwolves then turned around and sold his rights to Houston, along with Jonny Flynn for Rockets big man-Brad Miller as well as the 23rd & 57th pick(s).
That’s right Wolves fans, Jonny Flynn has played his last game for the Minnesota Timberwolves—though, he may not even play for his new team: the Houston Rockets, as they’re reportedly already looking to move Flynn (the idea being that they shed Miller’s $9M contract for Flynn’s $3M contract).
Then came the Wolves 23rd pick, which they had just acquired from the Rockets. With the 23rd overall pick, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected…Nikola Mirotic…for the Chicago Bulls! That’s right, Mirotic’s rights were promptly sent to the Bulls for their 28th & 43rd overall picks in the draft.
With that, the Wolves’ next pick was at 28 where they selected…Norris Cole…for the Miami Heat! AGAIN, the Wolves moved the pick to Miami and in return, received the 31st overall pick in the draft as well as a future 2nd rounder and cash considerations. How did the Heat have the 31st pick in the draft you may ask?! Oh, that’s right, it was sent to Miami from Minnesota in the Michael Beasley deal!
All right, the Wolves next pick was then the 31st overall. If you haven’t realized yet, the Wolves have now selected at 2, 20, 23 & 28 and so far have just new rookie on their roster: #2 overall pick: Derrick Williams! With the 31st overall pick, the TWolves selected…Bojan Bogdanovic…for the New Jersey Nets! Is anyone else sensing a pattern? That’s right, the Wolves selected this pick for the New Jersey Nets and in return received…cash considerations.
At this point you may be wondering: “Why do the Wolves keep trading away all their picks for $.” Well, if you’d been on Twitter, the rumor circulating would’ve been, that, since Kurt Rambis had been fired, the Wolves had to finance his buyout because the minority owners didn’t want to pay for it! David Kahn quickly refuted those rumors while talking to the media, but because most fans refer to Kahn as a “Little Weasel”, does that make you want to trust him? Does the way he dragged out the Rambis situation and treated Kurt extremely unprofessionally, make you want to trust him?
Anyway, back to the draft. The Wolves then selected 43rd. This was a pick acquired from Chicago via the Utah Jazz, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected UCLA guard Malcolm Lee…for the…Minnesota Timberwolves. Wait, is that right?…THAT’S RIGHT! David Kahn took and intends to keep Malcolm Lee.
Finally, with the last pick in the draft for the Minnesota Timberwolves the Wolves had the 57th pick. This was acquired in an alternate trade. The Blazers and the Mavericks swapped some picks/players-Rudy Fernandez went to Dallas, the Blazers got the 57th pick and the 26th pick (Jordan Hamilton). Then they sent Hamilton along with Andre Miller to the Nuggets for point guard Raymond Felton! All Wolves fans need to know, we got the 57th pick and with it…Tanguy Ngombo a forward from Qatar. Pete Philo—a scout for the Wolves reported has seen him play more than once and is very high on him. Though Ngombo will stay overseas for a year or two. I, myself have never heard of him, so I had to do a bit of research and rather than regurgitate what I found, follow the link below for an excellent story as well as video highlights of the Wolves’ newest international player.
A small sidenote: the trades that I’ve discussed above are those pertaining to the Minnesota Timberwolves, there were more trades that took place, but I’ve only listed the ones that are relevant to Minnesota!
Well, hopefully we’ve helped to clear the air! I’ll be around as always providing you with daily updates on TWolves news & information. Any questions, comments or concerns about tonight’s draft or anything TWolves feel free to message me or find me on Twitter: @donnycersado27 for clarification. Thanks for reading, GO WOLVES and GOOD NIGHT!
Today sources revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers have decided on selecting Kyrie Irving with the 1st overall pick in Thursday’s draft (6/23). As such it would now seem the Minnesota Timberwolves are a lock to take Derrick Williams with the #2 pick.
As such Michael Beasley trade rumors would seem to heat up again, HOWEVER, the ESPNs Ric Bucher states that the Timberwolves don’t plan on moving Beasley OR Randolph as a result.
Of course the Wolves could still go in a different direction with the #2 pick: the most obvious being: Enes Kanter. The Turkish back-to-the-basket big man that would fill a need at center. However, the word is the Wolves are looking for young athletic players that can run the floor with their point guard: Ricky Rubio, next season.
As such, the earlier reports that Michael Beasley or Anthony Randolph could be moved as a result of the Wolves drafting Williams are refuted…for now.
In an interview with Wolves editor/writer Jonah Ballow on June 16th after Williams worked out for the Wolves, he said that he’d love to have Ricky, Wes, Beas and himself on the floor at the same time, spreading the floor, with an incredibly versatile and lethal scoring lineup, putting K-Love at the 5 in that scenario, the Wolves would certainly be ‘going small’ and giving up a lot on the defensive end, however, it’s obviously not a starting lineup and obviously an offensive lineup.
With the draft now just days away, the debate on who the Wolves can nearly conclude. Who do you think the Wolves should take with the #2 pick? #20?
That’s all for now, stay tuned as there’ll be a lot of TWolves news, information and updates this week. Remember to visit daily for updates all year round! Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!