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March 31, 2015 Updates

You really wouldn’t expect anything else, but Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said there is no question that Andrew Wiggins is the NBA’s Rookie of the Year. “Anyone that throws anything else out, they’re dreaming,” Saunders said. “He is the most dominant rookie. He’s playing in a situation where because we’ve been so undermanned, he is the guy. Like (Monday), when we got the ball, he had three people over there trying to guard him. This has helped him and it will help him even more when we get veteran guys back and surround him with our other guys, too.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

"That's totally irresponsible, we're not tanking games," Saunders said to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and other reporters gathered. "If that's so, then [Utah] got beat by a team who was tanking. … We're playing to win. Our guys are out there: We won two games ago at New York, we lost in the fourth quarter against Charlotte last night. We're not tanking games. It is irresponsible for them to go on TV saying that. If you work at ESPN, you get fired for saying stuff like that." Bolerjack, however, apparently disagreed that the conversation went too far. And during Saunders' pregame interview Monday night, the Jazz play-by-play man asked the coach if his feelings had changed. "Still feel like the announcers need to be fired, including myself?" Bolerjack asked. "I didn't say you," Saunders replied. "I just said that at ESPN, you do things like that. … You know, we have these [interviews] beforehand, people come and ask us, you know, who we have, who's playing, who's not. So that's why we have this here." Salt Lake Tribune

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What would have happened had the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kobe Bryant fifth overall in the 1996 NBA Draft? That would have paired Bryant along with Kevin Garnett, two high school phenoms who eventually morphed into future Hall of Famers. Instead, Minnesota selected Ray Allen and traded him to Milwaukee for Stephon Marbury. “We teetered on the idea of getting another one because we had success with KG,” Saunders said before the Lakers’ 101-99 overtime win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday at Target Center. “But we kind of thought it would be too much having two of those guys who were young at that time and still in the process of developing KG as a young player.” Daily Breeze

When Gorgui Dieng is not manning the post for the Timberwolves, he has been studying remotely with the University of Louisville. The Timberwolves center has taken about 10 classes in the past two years to finish his degree in communications. He will graduate in May. "I knew that once you stop, it's hard to go back; that's what a lot of NBA players said," Dieng said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Monday’s game wasn’t carried by FSN back in the Twin Cities, so interested fans needed to catch the Jazz broadcast on the NBA’s League Pass. Jazz announcers said, to paraphrase, that teams purposely losing games to improve draft lottery odds by dressing only seven available players is bad for the league, bad for fans who pay good money to see Kevin Garnett and the league needs to do something about it. Utah fans didn’t see Garnett, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Gary Neal or four other injured Wolves players Monday. They did see newly signed D League guard Sean Kilpatrick make three three-pointers in a fourth-quarter comeback, and they also saw Zach LaVine ignore a mental mistake with the game on the line and make two clutch threes in the final 21 seconds of regulation to force overtime anyway. “That’s totally irresponsible, we’re not tanking games,” Saunders said. “If that’s so, then [Utah] got beat by a team who was tanking. … We’re playing to win. Our guys are out there: We won two games ago at New York, we lost in the fourth quarter against Charlotte last night. We’re not tanking games. It is irresponsible for them to go on TV saying that. If you work at ESPN, you get fired for saying stuff like that.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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What isn’t as clear: What does Wiggins want going forward? He left at least one hint at the ACC that he wouldn’t mind returning one day as a Raptor. He said it privately, not publicly. But he said it. One side of the story that hasn’t been well-explained: His parents, Mitchell and Marita, have moved from their Vaughan residence to Minnesota. It’s not uncommon for parents of teenage phenoms to want to remain in close proximity to their children. The parents’ move doesn’t indicate that Wiggins will play long-term with the Timberwolves. This is only Wiggins’ rookie year in the NBA. This situation — and a possible return home in the future — will continue to be discussed, officially and unofficially, over the next several years. Toronto Sun

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