Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors
Darren Wolfson: As noted in both podcast episodes this week, the #Twolves won’t sign Isaiah Canaan for the rest of the season. His 2nd 10-day has now expired. So they now have an open roster spot.
Dario Saric says basketball’s World Cup qualifying system “doesn’t make any sense” to him after Croatia was eliminated from contention Friday. The Croatians had a strong run in the 2016 Olympics, winning their group and reaching the quarterfinals. But they will be sitting home this summer after a 77-69 loss to Poland on Friday. With many games during FIBA’s new qualification system taking place during the professional basketball season, top players from the NBA and EuroLeague were largely unavailable.
Chris Hine: A couple details about Towns’ accident emerged from postgame. Saunders and Tolliver mentioned assistant strength & conditioning coach Kurt Joseph was with Towns in the car. (A source told the Star Tribune earlier tonight Towns wasn’t the driver). Taj Gibson drove by the accident.
Chris Hine: Gibson didn’t know Towns was a part of the accident when he drove by, he said. (1/2): “The first thing I saw him, I ran up on him and gave him a hug because I really drove past the cars, the pileage. It was a bunch of cars on the side of the freeway … And I was just praying I hope everybody in this wreck is OK. We get to New York and I didn’t know he was in it and I’m just happy he’s OK. “
For the first time in the past four seasons, the Timberwolves had to play a game without Karl-Anthony Towns on the floor. The sight of Towns in regular clothes cheering on the end of the bench was a new one for the Wolves, but they were thankful Towns was able to be there at all given his involvement in a car crash Thursday on his way to catch the team flight.
Stefan Bondy: Karl Anthony Towns is unavailable tonight against the Knicks. He’s entering concussion protocol after getting into a car accident last night.