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March 28, 2014 Updates

There is also another textbook candidate out there for Minnesota to chase with longstanding Wolves ties: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. Widely regarded as the most NBA-ready college coach in the game, Hoiberg was a Wolves executive for four years before leaving the pros to coach the Cyclones. ESPN.com

It should be noted that Saunders is close with Michigan State's Tom Izzo as well, but the rumbles out of 'Sota are getting louder that the Wolves are going to court Hoiberg hard should they, as expected, have an opening. ESPN.com

And all of that makes Friday one of the more pertinent days left on the 2013-14 calendar for long-suffering Wolves fans. That's because Hoiberg will be coaching Iowa State against UConn in a Sweet 16 game at Madison Square Garden ... and because Saunders will be there watching. ESPN.com

The suggestion is already in circulation that the Lakers will attempt to use their forthcoming high lottery pick in June to assemble the sort of trade package that finally convinces the Wolves to part with Love and end the uncertainty that hangs over this franchise even before the 25-year-old enters the final year of his contract. Yet there is just as much defiance emanating from 'Sota, as we speak, about the Wolves' ability to keep Love in town. ESPN.com

It has seemed for some time that the chances of Rick Adelman, 67, returning to coach the Wolves after three playoff-less seasons are remote, despite a $20 million, four-year contract. The deal includes opt-out clauses for both parties, and Adelman's wife, Mary Kay, has had health issues that caused the future hall of fame coach to miss 11 games. St. Paul Pioneer Press

March 27, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah named his “Dream Team” starting 5 during an interview with Rick Fox for NBA “Off The Court” series on Wednesday. His pick at the small forward position? Former college teammate, Corey Brewer. Yes, Corey Brewer of the Minnesota Timberwolves who has career averages of 9.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 1.6 apg. “At the 3, I’ll put my main man Corey Brewer. Just because, you know, going back to college, got to give my boy some love. I think he’d be a good locker room guy, he’d be good for Kareem and Dirk. You know, those guys are quiet guys.” beyondthebuzzer.com

March 26, 2014 Updates

Little more than a year ago, star freshman Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA to its first PAC-12 regular season title in five years. It was the pinnacle of a season in which the Bruins were beset by NCAA investigations related to Muhammad’s recruitment. The team ended that season with a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament. After all the tumult, coach Ben Howland was fired and Muhammad left early for the NBA. Still, Muhammad’s time in Westwood looms large: A filing last week in a federal bank fraud case against Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, calls into question whether Muhammad should have played in college that year, and whether UCLA deserves the conference championship banner. buzzfeed.com

Holmes arranged for a loan in anticipation of his son’s future NBA earnings and agreed to receive as much as $300,000 a year once Muhammad went pro, according to a memo filed by Daniel R. Schiess, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada. The memo was Schiess’ response to a request from Holmes’ attorneys to limit his sentence to one year and one day in prison plus at least 2,500 hours of community service. Holmes had pled guilty of conspiracy to commit federal fraud in December. “While raising children and serving the community is praiseworthy, it appears that Holmes’ motives were not completely virtuous. He intended to get something out of it for himself,” Schiess wrote in the memo, which asked that Holmes receive 37 months incarceration. “He told the FBI in his March 21, 2013 interview that he had been living off of a loan tied to his son’s [Shabazz Muhammad] projected earnings as a top NBA prospect.” buzzfeed.com

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March 23, 2014 Updates

The game went into one overtime, then another. It seemed as if it might never end. Or that Madsen might never stop shooting. He hoisted his first three-point attempt early in the first overtime. It missed, but he didn't stop there. He took another in the first overtime and five more in the second, with two of the shots coming in try-try-again fashion after a teammate rebounded his miss and fed him the ball for another shot. None of them went in. Madsen finished 0 for 7 from behind the arc (one for 15 overall) during the Timberwolves' 102-92 loss. Not surprisingly, he doesn't recall the experience fondly. "Imagine being out there, catching the ball at the three-point line and the whole arena is yelling, 'Shoot,'" Madsen said this week. "It doesn't make me feel good. So in my mind, I'm like, you know what, I've worked hard on my game. I'm going to go out there and knock these down." Los Angeles Times

He hoisted his first three-point attempt early in the first overtime. It missed, but he didn't stop there. He took another in the first overtime and five more in the second, with two of the shots coming in try-try-again fashion after a teammate rebounded his miss and fed him the ball for another shot. None of them went in. Madsen finished 0 for 7 from behind the arc (one for 15 overall) during the Timberwolves' 102-92 loss. Not surprisingly, he doesn't recall the experience fondly. "Imagine being out there, catching the ball at the three-point line and the whole arena is yelling, 'Shoot,'" Madsen said this week. "It doesn't make me feel good. So in my mind, I'm like, you know what, I've worked hard on my game. I'm going to go out there and knock these down." Los Angeles Times

"There was a role that I felt I could have played and I had a number of DNPs that year," Madsen said. "I was frustrated with that. I wanted to go out there and show people some of the things I could do, some of the things I had been working on." Los Angeles Times

March 21, 2014 Updates

Until he finally makes the postseason, his stats will always be talked about as empty statistics by naysayers. Those same naysayers are also secretly hoping he decides to sign with their franchise in 2015 when he makes the biggest decision of his career. Does he continue building with the Wolves and finally pull them into the playoffs under his next career progression? Or does he bolt for sunnier winter climates and start fresh? The scary thing for Wolves fans is there aren't a lot of people outside of the organization who believe he'll stick around. The scary thing for the rest of the NBA is that I'm not even sure Kevin Love has stopped improving his game. He's still putting up historic numbers and making them look routine. CBSSports.com

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