HoopsHype Glen Taylor rumors

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As commissioner, Stern lived up to his title. He was the league’s chief cop, stamping out behavior that could make sponsors skittish. He was swift with suspensions when a player refused to stand during the national anthem, went into the stands to fight a fan, or choked his coach. (He also hit Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with almost $2 million in fines over 13 years, mostly for criticizing referees.) “He was very effective at being the sheriff,” says Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves and chairman of the NBA board of governors. BusinessWeek.com

October 28, 2013 Updates
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Derrick Williams' $6.3 million option for 2014-15 will be exercised, Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed to 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson. Williams' future with the Minnesota Timberwolves has been a lingering storyline throughout the preseason. For now, at least one question surrounding Williams has been answered. 1500 ESPN

October 1, 2013 Updates

Rookie Shabazz Muhammad said he reached out to Saunders and Wolves owner Glen Taylor after he was got sent home from the NBA’s rookie symposium after just one day for violating the rules last summer. He was sent home and will have to attend the program next summer with the 2014 rookie class because he brought a female to his room when no visitors are allowed. “I wrote them a letter just to tell them it won’t happen again,” Muhammad said. “I mean, you always have to carry yourself as a professional and the stuff you do always comes out. So I just have to learn to be smarter and learn from the guys who have been there before.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 23, 2013 Updates

"David has been, in my estimation, the type of commissioner that has set the standard not only for the NBA but for all of the sports," Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said. "We have done so many wonderful things in the organization. The marketing, leadership, the brand recognition, going international way before our times, and David has led that. "He has taken the contracts that we have gotten from our rights in television, and it's gone up like 40 times in this particular time. He led us through numerous negotiations with our partners the players, and in particular we just finished this last year. And we addressed significant issues, as the world has changed. The needs of the owners (and) the needs of the players have changed, and David has led us through that each time." USA Today Sports

September 21, 2013 Updates

Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed last weekend Adelman is going to be with the team this season too. I guess that's good news for you, right? RR: I'm very happy. I can only say good things about him. He has proved throughout his career that he's a coach that gives confidence to the players and has a system that I personally like very much. It's very entertaining. Coach is demanding, but at the same time empowers you and gives you freedom to make decisions. He's not the yelling type, he uses other ways to teach things and commands a respect that he really has earned. He was dealing with family issues last season. Did you see differences between Adelman in your first year in Minnesota and the second one? RR: Well, it's personal issues and that's always going to affect you. But he's been a professional all along and has been around the team all the time he could. You have to be thankful for the effort he was making at times to be with the team. HoopsHype

September 16, 2013 Updates

There are 12 other NBA owners on the list, including Kroenke (Nuggets), Micky Arison (Heat, $5.9 billion), Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers, $3.9 billion), Charles Dolan (Knicks, $3.3 billion), Tom Gores (Pistons, $2.7 billion), Mark Cuban (Mavericks $2.5 billion), Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (Grizzlies, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (Pacers, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (Clippers, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (Timberwolves, $1.7 billion) and Benson (Pelicans). ESPN.com

There never has been much doubt about Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves coach, but it wasn’t for sure until he brought his coaching staff out to his home in Portland, Ore., last week and laid out the plans for this season. Wolves owner Glen Taylor confirmed Adelman’s return Sunday. “Yes, he did [say he’s coming back],” Taylor said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

On the subject of the remodeling of Target Center and how the $100 million in expenses will be paid for, Taylor reported some progress after a long delay and how much each of the three partners will contribute. “We have an agreement with the city, and now they are working with the management team AEG to get an agreement there,” Taylor said. “We’re just sort of waiting on the city to work it out with them. Then it’s my understanding that once they get that done, they’re going to bring it to the City Council. “We have obligated ourselves to pay for $44 million to fix Target Center. The city will put in $50 million. We have to get $6 million from AEG.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“We haven’t announced anything, but let me just say we have been working on it and we’re prepared to move ahead with it if we can get this Target Center deal done.” How much will the practice facility cost the Wolves owner? “The answer to that is a lot,” Taylor said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

September 6, 2013 Updates

Even after spending $117 million in free agency in July and August, Minnesota Timberwolves president of operations Flip Saunders will have another sizable monetary decision to make. Before his third year begins -- Oct. 31 is the deadline -- the Wolves need to figure out if they will pay forward Derrick Williams $6.3 million for the 2014-15 season. In a phone conversation earlier this week spanning a few topics, Wolves owner Glen Taylor acknowledged the team isn't quite sure what to do. "We'll evaluate his summer program, and how he looks coming into camp (which starts Oct. 1)," Taylor said. "I heard he is looking good." 1500 ESPN

Taylor said he hasn't heard from former president of operations David Kahn for a while. Kahn interviewed for the 76ers general manager opening, and also talked to a couple other teams about front office roles. But if his goal is to remain involved in roster construction, nothing has materialized. 1500 ESPN

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Glen Taylor was able to persuade free agent Corey Brewer to sign with the Timberwolves with a phone call. But the Wolves owner doesn't feel it will take a personal call to get free agent Nikola Pekovic to re-sign. "I can and I would, but at this point of time, I've not been asked to nor am I inclined to just because I think I know where the contract negotiations are," Taylor said Wednesday. "And it's not at a critical stage or anything like that." St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pekovic is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wolves can match any offer he receives elsewhere. But, surprisingly, there have been no other offers, probably because teams figure the Wolves -- and Pekovic -- are intent on remaining in Minnesota. "I think everybody knows we're going to work it out," Taylor said. If necessary, though, Taylor said he would get on the phone to Pekovic. "I think Pek and I have that type of relationship," Taylor said. "Before he left (after the season), he and I actually had a conversation that if we saw that the negotiations were getting off target, we would call each other and talk. "I know (team president Flip Saunders) will be meeting with the (Pekovic's) agent sometime relatively soon in person, and my guess is that's the time they'll have a really good discussion." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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