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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Monday they will be affiliated with the last remaining hub D-League team for the 2014-15 season. There are currently 17 teams in the NBA with single affiliation situations with the D-League. That leaves 13 teams sharing the Fort Wayne Mad Ants next season and the Wolves will be one of those teams. The Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors will all share the Fort Wayne affiliate.

The NBA has implemented a flexible assignment system that will allow single affiliate teams to accept assignment of a player from a different team if the Mad Ants don’t have room for that player when he’s assigned. Here’s the press release from the Wolves announcing the affiliation with Fort Wayne: Continue Reading…

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After a successful four-game stretch with the Iowa Energy of the D-League, Shabazz Muhammad has been recalled by the Minnesota Timberwolves to rejoin the team this week. Muhammad showed off that ability to score which made him such a top prospect coming out of high school and did a great job of hitting the rebounds in his four games. He tallied 98 points and 39 rebounds in his four games, shot nearly eight free throws per game, and had seven assists (!!) and just five turnovers.

Here’s the release from the Wolves about the recall and my thoughts on the experience below:  Continue Reading…

Milt Newton, Flip Saunders, and Bobby Jackson (via Getty)

Milt Newton, Flip Saunders, and Bobby Jackson (via Getty)

We’re seeing a new era with the Minnesota Timberwolves organization that seems incredibly basic and yet at the same time is still relatively revolutionary in terms of forward thinking in the NBA. There have been mixed reviews with the job that Flip Saunders has done with the roster building this offseason, but in terms of moving the Wolves forward in other areas, it’s hard to find fault with at least the spirit of his ideas.

The front office and coaching acquisitions for the Wolves this season are significant. Flip Saunders took over for David Kahn and immediately started looking for ways to improve the organization, not only from a roster standpoint but also, from a health and development standpoint. As I wrote on CBSSports.com earlier this month, the Wolves’ lack of health this past year and in year’s prior with major injuries have been a topic of discussion and investigation by Saunders. Whatever the status quo around the organization has been isn’t working in terms of keeping its players on the court, so Saunders wants to find ways to invest in getting out ahead of the problem.

Minnesota is also expected to announce the hiring of Milt Newton as the team’s new general manager and Bobby Jackson as the team’s player development coach. Continue Reading…

Have you ever thought if coach had just played you more in high school then you’d probably have had to drive work harder and get a shot at playing pro basketball in some form? Have you been drinking enough to actually believe that?

Well then do I have the basketball opportunity for you!

In all seriousness, the Sioux Falls Skyforce — the Wolves’ D-League affiliate — is hosting tryouts for their team on Sunday, September 23rd. Tryouts go from 9am to 4pm with registration beginning at 8am. You’ll be playing and working out at the Target Center all day on Sunday.

If you’re from outside Minneapolis and need lodging, you can stay at 900 Washington Ave N in the North Loop and receive a discounted rate when you mention “Skyforce Open Tryout.” There will also be a free shuttle from there to the arena, or you can run the mile distance to get a little cardio in before your workout.

If you were really good in high school and played some type of basketball in college that didn’t involve fraternity bros and/or intramurals, this is a great opportunity to finally get noticed and get in the mind of smart people guiding basketball careers. Players from the area and surrounding states should make the trek to Minneapolis to get a shot at impressing some D-League scouts. The D-League scours the country to find players worthy of getting a shot and if you can play at the D-League level, there’s no reason for them to keep you out.

Their job is to find talent that is capable of playing in the NBA and developing it. Here’s all of the information in a more official format, including the number to call for lodging.

Who knows? This could be your big break for someday getting Ben Polk to write something beautiful about you and for me to tweet about how you actually kind of suck. Oh the possibilities!