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August 5, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team's 2014 preseason schedule. The Wolves will play seven exhibition contests, including two games at Target Center, and three off-site games: Friday, Oct. 17 vs. Milwaukee at U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Sunday, Oct. 19 vs. Oklahoma City at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., and Friday, Oct. 24 vs. Chicago at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The Wolves will serve as the home team in Cedar Rapids and the visitor in the other two off-site contests. The fans first chance to see the 2014-15 Wolves at Target Center will be on Friday, Oct. 10 as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 7:00 p.m. The Wolves' second preseason contest at Target Center will be a matchup against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Oct. 21. In the other two preseason games, Minnesota will travel to Indiana to play the Pacers on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and go to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 22. NBA.com

Brian Windhorst: "Oh, it's got traction, it's got traction. The deal is done but not done. The teams have agreed but they can't say they've agreed and they can't agree because we're in this weird moratorium period. Because you can't trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month. So, between now and then which is what, 19 days? Could something happen? Could a team come in with a trade that maybe Minnesota see? Yes, it could happen, so therefore it is not done. ESPN.com

But essentially, before the papers have been signed there is this handshake agreement that Kevin Love to the Cavs, Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves, and I believe Thaddeus Young will end up in Minnesota either as part of a separate deal or as part of a three-way deal. Possibly Anthony Bennett, who is on the Cavs right now, could be rerouted to Philadelphia in part of a deal for Thaddeus Young; there will be draft picks involved. But essentially, what you need to know if you're an NBA fan, Kevin Love is gonna be on the Cavs, barring anything unforeseen, and Andrew Wiggins, the No.1 pick, is going to be in Minnesota. ESPN.com

Nine years later, he is back learning all over again, this time in a 10th-floor downtown penthouse office overlooking Target Field alongside other summer interns employed by the Olson advertising agency. While everyone else seemingly is obsessed with Timberwolves teammate Kevin Love’s future, Turiaf this time is focused learning not the ways of the NBA but rather video-production skills, social-media intricacies and other marketing expertise that he will apply to his Heart to Heart foundation and his IVC Global management company that he intends will endure long after his playing days are done. “It definitely feels like when I was just coming into the NBA,” Turiaf said. “Just like back then, they’re throwing me into the fire.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

He is one of 14 interns hired for the summer at $13 an hour, a sum he is donating to the agency’s BrandLab that seeks to broaden the advertising world’s ethnic and cultural diversity through a high-school mentoring program. At age 31, he clearly is this year’s oldest intern, and at 6-9 he is the tallest, too. “Yeah, I think they’re all definitely shorter,” Turiaf said. None of the other interns own an NBA championship ring, either, like the one Turiaf won with LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012. “He’d be the only one,” said Olson agency creative director George Fiddler, Turiaf’s summer supervisor. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

August 4, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a deal that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland and land 2014 first overall pick Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst said on air Monday that a ‘handshake’ deal is in place between the teams, but that the two can’t come out and say it publicly yet, as Wiggins can’t be traded until August 23rd. Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers’ Thaddeus Young is also a piece to the puzzle, according to Windhorst, who sees the multi-faceted forward winding up in Minnesota, either as part of a separate deal, or as part of the larger Love deal. The exact details of what the Sixers would be receiving in such a deal are not known, but Windhorst mentioned Anthony Bennett possibily being re-routed to Philadelphia as part of a Thad Young deal. He also stated that draft picks will be involved. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 3, 2014 Updates

Top overall NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins told ESPN on Sunday that he just wants to play in a place where he's wanted when he was asked about the uncertainty over his future. Wiggins' name is at the center of trade talks that would send him to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a package that would net the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love in return. "I just want to play for a team that wants me. So whichever team wants me I'll play for," he told ESPN's "SportsCenter," from Tarrytown, New York, where he was taking part in a photo shoot for Panini trading cards. ESPN.com

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that a trade of Love is "likely" by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24. The first day Wiggins is eligible to be traded is Aug. 23. Wiggins said Sunday he isn't taking his name being mentioned in trade talks "personal." "At the end of the day you have to remember that the NBA is a business before anything. I'm a rookie. I really don't have too much say," he said. ESPN.com

In speaking to key members of Wiggins’ camp on Aug. 2, they adamantly maintain to CSNNW.com that the Cavaliers have not informed them a trade is forthcoming. This is even despite NBA’s online store recently discontinuing Wiggins’ jersey, Kevin Love withdrawing from World Cup play and Anthony Bennett being held out of pickup games. CSNNW.com

It doesn’t mean the trade isn’t a forgone conclusion come Aug. 23 when Wiggins is free to be moved, it merely reveals both teams have different approaches when it comes to putting out potential trades publicly. It could also mean, but not likely, a trade involving the Cavs isn’t as imminent as we’re led to believe. Though that belief is awfully diminutive and dismissed among league insiders. Cleveland has the most attractive and compelling package to offer Minnesota. It would be a shocking development if the two sides ended up not doing business together. CSNNW.com

Darren Wolfson: Same as Taylor on-the-record. Bet on a deal w/ Cavs. RT @leroyjj33 @DarrenWolfson Cleveland deal is done. What's your source(s) saying? Twitter @DarrenWolfson

Darren Wolfson: SAME AS ALWAYS: NO WIGGINS, NO LOVE. RT @moretinss @HEH4TEME @DarrenWolfson if Wiggins is not involved, why are they waiting? No reason. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

August 2, 2014 Updates
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