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April 6, 2015 Updates

But with the Wolves slumping to a 16-60 record thanks in large part to injuries to Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, they decided to shut down their franchise point guard to try to ensure that he would have a healthy summer. He will not need surgery and plans to let the ankle heal on its own. "If we feel they're going to aggravate it more or hurt it more by playing, we're not going to let them play," coach Flip Saunders said. ESPN.com

Jon Krawczynski: Rubio said he will think about Spanish National team after season. "Priority this summer is my health. I owe this team (Wolves) a lot." Twitter @APkrawczynski

Last Valentine's Day evening, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine wowed the crowd at Barclays Center and the millions of people watching the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at home with a series of aerobatic wonders. The next day, the story goes, Mario Hezonja did every single one of LaVine's dunks during his FC Barcelona team's practice. "Maybe not as high," a source said, "but he did them." NBA.com

April 4, 2015 Updates

Players shouldn’t be blamed for injuries. That’s normally out of their control. But the fact remains: Rubio hasn’t proven that he can stay healthy or that he can shoot well enough to be considered a reliable offensive threat. Those two roadblocks continue to stunt his development at a time when the NBA is stacked with elite point guards. That’s the league’s best and deepest position, and Rubio acknowledged in a recent conversation that his shooting has prevented him from joining that next tier of point guards. “I have confidence in me,” he said. “I think I can be great in this league. To do that, I need to improve a lot on my shot.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Timberwolves' and Lynx's $25 million practice facility is nearing completion, with the WNBA team set to move in before its training camp in mid-May and the NBA team to follow in June. The space includes about 45,000 square feet dedicated for basketball and basketball operations, which is more than double what the teams currently have within Life Time Fitness in the basement of Target Center. The new space in the former Block E complex across from Target Center totals 107,000 square feet, with 20,000 square feet for the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and the remaining for the teams' front-office operations. St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 3, 2015 Updates

It was a quiet, clearly dejected Nikola Pekovic who talked, briefly, with the media this morning after the Timberwolves’ shoot-around at Target Center. His season over, with surgery looming, Pekovic acknowledged that he is concerned about his future – both on the basketball court and off. “Of course I am,” he said. “I’m pretty much worrying about how this is going to affect my life in 10 years. I mean, I’m still thinking about basketball (too). But when you deal so much with something like this….. It’s a big deal, I think.’’ It is his ankle and foot problems that Pekovic has dealt with for so long. Ultimately, in what Pekovic described as “the last thing I can try,” he will undergo surgery next week to remove damaged tissue and repair his right Achilles tendon. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 2, 2015 Updates

Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will undergo surgery next week to remove damage and repair his right Achilles tendon. Pekovic has played just 31 games this season because of the injury, which has bothered him and limited him to 54 games played a season ago. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Pekovic is expected to be out indefinitely -- there's only seven games left this season -- and it's not immediately known when he'd be able to return to court work this off-season or whether, depending on the damage, if the matter could potentially be career threatening. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio has been on the verge of returning to games for about a week, but the team's medical staff has kept him out, coach Flip Saunders said. "All they're saying is he's not ready to play at the level that he needs to play at right now," Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

April 1, 2015 Updates
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

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