Nikola Pekovic Injury Update

April 8, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced center Nikola Pekovic underwent a successful debridement and repair of his right Achilles this morning. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at Ortho Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pekovic will be sidelined indefinitely. An update on his progress will be provided when appropriate.

Pekovic played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. The five-year veteran holds career averages of 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.


Wolves Sign Forward Arinze Onuaku

April 7, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward Arinze Onuaku (Ah-rin-zay On-ooh-ah-koo) for the remainder of this season. The Timberwolves were granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot due to having four players out due to injury.

Onuaku, 27, averaged 17.5 points, on 62.2% shooting, and 12.2 rebounds in 41 games this season for the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. He was named to the NBADL All-Star Game for the third consecutive season. Onuaku was signed by the Indiana Pacers on September 5, 2014 after playing with their NBA Summer League team. He was waived by the Pacers on October 25, 2014.

The 6-10 forward played in three games for the New Orleans Pelicans and two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013-14, averaging 0.6 points and 1.6 rebounds in those five games. In May of 2014, he joined the Chongqing Flying Dragons for the 2014 Chinese NBL, and averaged 28.6 points and 14.8 rebounds in 19 games. Onuaku averaged 14.8 points, on 62.8% shooting, and 10.1 rebounds for Canton in 2013-14 and 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Charge in 2012-13.

Onuaku went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft after a four-year career with Syracuse University where he averaged 9.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in 134 games. He finished his collegiate career first on Syracuse’s all-time field goal percentage list at 64.8% (540-for-833).


Nikola Pekovic Injury Update

April 6, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced center Nikola Pekovic will undergo a debridement and repair of his right Achilles. The surgery will be performed on Wednesday, April 8 by Dr. Robert Anderson at Ortho Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pekovic will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. An update on his progress will be provided when appropriate.

Pekovic played in 31 games this season, averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest. The five-year veteran holds career averages of 12.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.


Christian Laettner Featured at Timberwolves Basketball Academy Clinics on Saturday

March 18, 2015

What:  Christian Laettner media availability and Timberwolves youth basketball clinic

When: Saturday, March 21

9-11:30 a.m. – clinic and opportunity for b-roll

11:35 a.m. – Laettner media availability

Where: Wayzata East Middle School

12000 Ridgemont Ave. West, Plymouth

Info: On Saturday, the Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Academy is holding two youth clinics featuring former Timberwolves player and recent ESPN 30 for 30 documentary subject Christian Laettner. This will be the only formal media availability for Laettner while he is visiting the Twin Cities. Media are also welcome to get footage of the clinic and of Laettner coaching the youth participants, ages 9-13.


Timberwolves Awarded Justin Hamilton Off Waivers

March 5, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has claimed center Justin Hamilton off waivers. In a subsequent move, the team has waived forward Glenn Robinson III. The Wolves roster stands at 15 players.

Hamilton, 24, has played in 24 games (five starts) this season with the Miami Heat, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game. In his second year out of Louisiana State University, the 7-0 center played in eight games last season for Miami and the Charlotte Bobcats, averaging 3.3 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. Hamilton was originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Hamilton was traded from the Heat to the New Orleans Pelicans on February 19, 2015. He did not appear in a game with the Pelicans before being waived on March 3, 2015.

Robinson III appeared in 25 games this season with Minnesota, averaging 1.2 points in 4.3 minutes per contest. The Wolves drafted the 6-7 forward with the 40th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft.


Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February

March 5, 2015

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for February. This is the fourth consecutive month Wiggins has earned the honor, the only player in franchise history to win the award multiple times. He’s the first rookie to win the award in four straight months since Damian Lillard during the 2012-13 season.

Wiggins led all qualified rookies in scoring (16.8 ppg), FT attempts (5.4 per game) and minutes played (38.7 mpg) while ranking 3rd in blocks (0.82 bpg), 3rd in FT pct (76.3%), 4th in FG pct (45.7%), 8th in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and 10th in assists (2.3 apg).

Wiggins was named MVP of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 13, as part of All-Star Weekend in New York, posting 22 points, six rebounds and four assists while leading Team World to a 121-112 victory over Team USA. Wiggins tallied 20+ points three times during the month. He netted 20 points in a 111-109 win against Phoenix on Feb. 20, moving him into 9th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list for teenagers (826). On his 20th birthday three nights later, he scored 30 points in a 113-102 loss at Houston, his third 30+point-game of the season (tying Isaiah Rider for the most ever by a Wolves rookie).

Originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Wiggins was acquired by the Wolves on Aug. 23, 2014 in a three-team trade. This season he leads all qualified rookies in scoring (15.8 ppg) and minutes (34.9 mpg), while ranking 4th in rebounding (4.3 rpg) and steals (1.14 spg), 5th in blocks (0.61 bpg) and 7th in assists (1.9 apg).


Timberwolves Basketball Academy Clinics to Feature Christian Laettner

March 4, 2015

The Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball Academy is holding two youth clinics that feature former Timberwolves player Christian Laettner on Saturday, March 21. Registration for the clinics is available now at www.timberwolvesbasketballacademy.com.

Both clinics will be held at Wayzata East Middle School, 12000 Ridgemont Ave. West, Plymouth. The first clinic at 9-11:30 a.m. is open to participants ages 9-13, and the second at 2-4:30 p.m. is open to ages 13-18. Cost to attend is $59. Each participant will have an opportunity to receive an autograph and group photo with Laettner.

Laettner was drafted by the Timberwolves with the third overall pick in 1992 NBA Draft. He spent three full seasons in Minnesota before being traded to Atlanta during the 1995-96 season. During his rookie season, Laettner averaged a career-high 18.2 points per game and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. Prior to being drafted, Laettner was the only college player named to the 1992 U.S. National ‘Dream Team’ that won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympics.

Laettner’s visit to the Twin Cities comes on the heels of the March 15 debut of the new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that focuses on his career and polarizing fan reaction that followed him long after his game-winning shot that advanced Duke to the 1992 NCAA Final Four.