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April 3, 2014 Updates

Police in the west metro early Thursday arrested Minnesota Timberwolves player Dante Cunningham on suspicion of domestic assault. Cunningham, 26, was apprehended by police in Medina and booked into the Hennepin County jail shortly after 6 a.m., according to jail records. He is being held without bail pending charges. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Police arrived at Cunningham’s residence on Medina Road about 4 a.m. and met with a woman who also lives there who had “marks of a physical domestic [altercation]” on her body,” said Police Chief Ed Belland. The woman did not require medical treatment, the chief added. Cunningham had left the $1.1 million home before police arrived but soon returned and “was subsequently arrested and taken into custody without incident,” Belland said. The chief said he expects to forward the case to the county attorney’s office for charging by Thursday afternoon. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Cunningham and the Wolves played Wednesday night at Target Center, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies. He will not travel with the team Thursday afternoon to Miami, where Minnesota plays Friday vs. the Heat, Wolves management said in a statement. As for whether Cunningham will be in the lineup in Miami, team spokesman Brad Ruiter said, “We are not commenting one way or another in the statement about his playing status.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

April 1, 2014 Updates

Minnesota business magnate Glen Taylor has made a formal offer to acquire the Star Tribune, which would add the state’s largest newspaper to his holdings of more than 80 companies. Taylor said in an interview Tuesday that he made a cash offer as an individual without any other investors. He declined to say how much he has offered to pay. “It isn’t that I’m interested in going around and buying papers in other parts of the country,” Taylor said. “I’m interested in this one because it’s a Minnesota paper.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

If Taylor acquires the Star Tribune, he said he won’t take on a managing role with the company, although he might put a family member on the board. He also said the management would remain the same. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

March 31, 2014 Updates

The T-Wolves are a high-scoring team, third in the NBA, with a league-best 11 games when they’ve outscored their opponents by at least 20 points. But a game after they went for 143 against the Lakers, Love didn’t score in the fourth quarter and finished with only 14 points — about half of his usual scoring output. “I might be getting sick or something,’’ he said after scoring all of two points in 16 minutes after halftime. “I just had zero energy in the second half. I had nothing.’’ Hearing what Love said, Paul Pierce, who guarded Minnesota’s power forward most of the game, had the diagnosis. “Pierce-itis,’’ he said, walking out of the locker room. “It’s getting around.’’ New York Daily News

March 29, 2014 Updates

A Los Angeles reporter tried to get Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni to admit his team will have interest in Kevin Love, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become a restricted free agent in July 2015. “I would rephrase that and say everybody wants a guy like that,” D’Antoni said. “When you’re talking about one of the best players in the league, yeah, makes sense.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Even Kevin Love tapped the brakes on all the talk about him coming to the Lakers as a free agent in July 2015. He was born in Santa Monica, played at UCLA, still spends some of his off-season in Los Angeles. But everybody should just calm down, he implied. "You know, my parents lived there and they had me there. It's not my fault," he said. "I don't really care about that right now. I just go out there and play and don't think about it." But, yeah, it is kind of strange to see a Lakers team this sad. "Sure," he said. "It would be like the [San Antonio] Spurs coming out and having a bad year. Stuff like that doesn't happen. I guess it's a little weird." Los Angeles Times

March 28, 2014 Updates

The Wolves could chase a splashier trade for someone else’s productive/expensive player, but doing that may require the inclusion of Pekovic or Rubio. Pekovic has value, but he’s also 28 and slated to earn nearly $12 million in 2017-18. Rubio is among the most divisive players in the league now, in part because of the sense that his agent, Dan Fegan, is going to demand an eight-figure extension that Rubio does not yet deserve. Grantland

So the next big change with the Wolves, by all accounts, is far more likely to take place on the bench, amid increasing pessimism in the Twin Cities that Rick Adelman -- after trying to coach the last two seasons while nursing wife Mary Kay through a persistent illness -- will want to return for a fourth season in charge. Adelman nearly walked away last offseason and, according to sources close to the situation, has convinced more than a few folks in team circles that he's going to invoke his right to opt out of the final year of his original four-year contract and step away for good this summer. Luring the former Blazers, Warriors and Kings coach to Minneapolis was widely acclaimed as one of the few true successes of the David Kahn era, but Adelman's partnership with the Portland-raised Love hasn't been able to offset the close-game plague or the injuries to manufacture the playoff breakthrough many expected by now. ESPN.com

The obvious response is Saunders, part-owner as well as team prez, heading downstairs to reclaim his old floor seat to see if he can be the guy who finally brings a halt to the league's longest postseason drought, which dates to the Wolves' 2004 Western Conference finals team coached by Saunders. But that might be too obvious. There have been no clear-cut signals that Saunders is prepared to leave the executive suite to return to coaching. ESPN.com

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