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Timberwolves Training Camp: Preseason schedule, news and updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves will open the 2012 NBA preseason in Fargo, North Dakota, with a game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

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Adelman happy overall with preseason

The T-Wolves had a tumultuous preseason, but head coach Rick Adelman said that he was happy with what he saw.

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Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks with broken hand

Kevin Love will miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken hand.

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Minnesota dominates Maccabi Haifa, 114-81

Kevin Love and Brandon Roy combined for 43 points to lead the Timberwolves over Maccabi, 114-81.

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Kevin Love working himself into game shape

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is not in the sort of shape that head coach Rick Adelman would prefer. Adelman singled out Love and his physical condition on Friday, but on Saturday, Adelman suggested that Love's problem may be mental as much as anything else. Love acknowledged that he is worried about his game shape and said he'll continue to work hard to get ready for the season ahead.

"If I can be as less worried about it, I would be. But I'm not. I'll keep shooting extra shots, staying after practice, getting in before practice like I did today and staying in the weight room and I'll be all right."

Love played in 55 games for the Timberwolves last season and averaged a career-best 26 points per game to go with 13.3 rebounds per game. He has averaged double-digit rebounds per game in each of the last three seasons, with a career-high average of 15.2 in 2010-11. For his career, he is averaging 17.3 points and 12 boards per game.

Minnesota, which finished last season 26-40 and 12th in the Western Conference, begins its preseason slate on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers.

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Adelman likes Timberwolves' roster makeup

The Minnesota Timberwolves concluded the portion of their training camp located in Mankato, Minn., on Friday and head coach Rick Adelman believes this year's team is "totally different" from last season, according to a report by Mark Remme at the team's Web site.

Minnesota takes on the Indiana Pacers in their first preseason game on Oct. 10 in Fargo, N.D., and Adelman thinks the team's additions have to use the exhibtion time to gel together.

Here's Adelman from the report:

"It's a totally different team. I think we've added some veterans. We've added ball handling and shooting. We'll see how it all works out. That's what we're going to figure out. We get through these three more practices and get to our first game and we'll find out a lot about ourselves."

"I think you'll see some deficiencies when we play somebody else," Adelman added in the report. "But that's fine. That's what exhibitions are for."

With a roster full of players such as the improved Greg Stiemsma, Derrick Williams, Dante Cunningham, Andrei Kirilenko and Lou Amundson to surround men in the middle Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, Adelman has plenty of avenues to find the best possible mixtures for success.

"They all play with each other," Adelman said in the article. "It's a matter of what's the best combination for us?"

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Brad Miller invited to Timberwolves camp to coach

Brad Miller strolled into Minnesota Timberwolves training camp on Oct. 3 wearing plaid shorts and looking relaxed, but this is exactly what head coach Rick Adelman expected. The veteran big man retired from the NBA last season, so Adelman invited Miller to impart his some of his wisdom on Minnesota's big men in a coaching capacity, as reported by the Pioneer Press.

Miller played for Adelman with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, and his ability to operate brilliantly from the high post help to make those Kings teams incredibly potent on offense. Adelman noted that Miller knows his system inside and out and laid out the reason for Miller's presence at camp in simple terms: "I invited him to come in for a few days and work with our big guys. He's such a smart player and knows our system."

With Miller there to help, now it's now up to Greg Stiemsma, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Love and Dante Cunningham to soak up that knowledge and to use it during the 2012-13 NBA season.

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Derrick Williams gets in shape to play wing

The Minnesota Timberwolves rebuilt their wing rotation this offseason, signing free agent Andrei Kirilenko and trading for Chase Budinger. But 2011 first-round pick Derrick Williams is still a major part of that equation, and the ex-Arizona Wildcats star dedicated himself this offseason to tailoring his body to play small forward.

Williams has reportedly lost 10 pounds and trimmed his body fat to 7.3 percent, which he believes will make him better suited for the three. Williams played on the wing some last year, but felt like he was too heavy to consistently guard the position. But Williams will also have to improve his skillset and effort, the latter of which coach Rick Adelman says was noticeably different in the team's first practice.

"Last year, he just floated, you'd see it once in a while," Adelman said. "Today, he just played with more authority. He just played harder. That's the difference. You've got to play hard in this league. You can't cruise or it's not going to work. I was pleased the way he played today. We'll see if it continues on."

(via Minnesota Star Tribune)

Williams had a middling season last year. He showed flashes of dominance but was generally inconsistent at best, shooting only 41 percent from the field and 27 percent from three.

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Brandon Roy feels good after first practice

Brandon Roy was back in an NBA training camp for the first time in two years on Tuesday, and he said that his knees feel "pretty good," according to Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press.

"There's a bunch of different bridges I've been crossing, and this was another one," said Roy ... "We went over a lot of defensive stuff, and that was a question mark for me because I hadn't done it in awhile. Overall, it was a good day for me."

Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman held Roy out of the last part of practice as a precaution. He said that the staff will be closely monitoring Roy's health to make sure they don't push him too hard.

Roy retired from the Portland Trailblazers before the 2010-2011 season due to a degenerative knee condition. However, after receiving plasma therapy on his knees, he felt strong enough to make a comeback. He signed with the Timberwolves this past offseason.

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Rick Adelman likes the Timberwolves he sees

Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman sounded optimistic about his team's chances in the upcoming 2012-13 season when he spoke during Monday's media day. Adelman particularly focused his comments on how offseason changes have made Minnesota a more versatile squad:

"We added some versatility and we're a better ball-handling team in a number of spots. We're a better passing game and we're going to be more versatile defensively. Just watching them scrimmage, they're already doing things we're going to be doing. When you have veterans, you look at Brandon or Andrei, they know how to play."

The Timberwolves added Andrei Kirilenko, Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger, Greg Stiesma, Alexey Shved and Lou Amundson in the offseason, additions that should improve depth for a team that was hit hard by injuries last seson. Veterans like Roy and Kirilenko should help run Adelman's cut-heavy system more smoothly, especially since the team will be without point guard Ricky Rubio and his pick-and-roll abilities to begin the year.

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Timberwolves add six to training camp roster

The team filled out their roster by adding Will Conroy, Mike Harris, Chris Johnson, Phil Jones, Seth Tarver and Jermaine Taylor.

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Andrei Kirilenko press conference highlights

The Minnesota Timberwolves formally introduced veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko on Friday afternoon.

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Kevin Love basically guaranteed playoff appearance

Kevin Love believes the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be an NBA playoff squad this season.

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Louis Amundson Reportedly Signs With Timberwolves

Journeyman center Louis Amundson has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.

The Timberwolves will be the sixth team in Amundson's seven year career. He has also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. Last season for Indiana, Amundson played in 60 games, averaging 3.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 12.6 minutes.

Amundson joins Nikola Pekovic and Greg Stiemsma at the center position in Minnesota.

Amundson is only one of a number of players added by the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason. Building around the core of point guard Ricky Rubio and power forward Kevin Love, the Timberwolves added forwards Andrei Kirilenko,Dante Cunningham and Chase Budinger, guard Brandon Roy and center Greg Stiemsma.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation. For more on the Wolves, visit Canis Hoopus or stick with SB Nation Minnesota. For more news, notes and analysis from around basketball, head over to SB Nation's NBA news hub.

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Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio To Arrive In Minnesota This Week

Two huge parts of the Minnesota Timberwolves lineup are expected to arrive in town for the start of preseason camp, Olympic gold medalist Kevin Love and flashy guard Ricky Rubio.

Love will be in the Minneapolis-area in time for his basketball camp this week in Eden Prairie, and Rubio will be coming in from Vail, Colo., where he was undergoing rehabilitation for knee surgery in March. Rubio was cleared to run for the first time since that surgery.

The Timberwolves will rely heavily on contributions from these two players in 2012-2013.

Love, one of the premier big men in the NBA, has averaged double figures in points and rebounds in each of his first three seasons in the NBA. He scored 26 points and grabbed 13.3 rebounds a game last season, and his average minutes per game has gone up each year.

Rubio, from Spain, had his rookie season cut short last year, but he averaged 10.6 points and 8.2 assists per game for the Wolves.

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Chase Budinger Feels Comfortable In New Surroundings

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger has a new team and new home after departing the Houston Rockets in a trade in June. Making a home for himself in chilly Minnesota during basketball season is one thing for the California native, but he should feel right at home on the court with his coaches and teammates.

Budinger is reunited with his former coach in Houston, Rick Adelman, and assisants T.R. Dunn, Jack Sikma and R.J. Adelman. Said Budinger:

It's going to be somewhat of a new place and new teammates, but as far as the coaches and the system, it's still the same."

Budinger is also playing with a Wolves teammates that goes back to their Pac-12 days together. Malcolm Lee was in the conference at UCLA for Budinger's last season in Tucson.

Budinger is a swingman whom the Wolves hope will be a key part of the mix that will get up-and-coming Minnesota to the NBA playoffs this season.

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Glen Taylor Has 3 Potential Successors To Own Minnesota Timberwolves

After initially considering just one possible candidate during the summer, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has decided expand the field to consider three different buyers for a stake in the team, as Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press reports.

Whoever buys that stake would eventually be in a position to take controlling interest of the team, which is currently held by the 71-year-old Taylor. In July, he revealed that he was considering a confidential buyer from outside Minnesota to potentially buy a stake and take over the team eventually, but now he's added two more possibly candidates:

At first I opened it up to just one person and said I would 'hold it for you for a while,' but when we didn't get a deal done, I told that person there are other people who had made inquiries and that I'm going to talk to them, and that's what I'm doing now.

Taylor wouldn't reveal any details about the possible buying parties, but he appears to be seriously considering the idea of giving up controlling interest of the Timberwolves relatively soon. He did say that whoever buys the team would be required to keep the team in Minnesota.

The Wolves are considering one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA for this season after a busy offseason. WithKevin Love and Ricky Rubio already in tow plus intriguing veterans like Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy entering the picture, Minnesota is certainly one of the teams worth watching this year.

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NBA Rumors: Anthony Tolliver Is Still Talking To The Timberwolves

Anthony Tolliver is still talking to the Minnesota Timberwolves, a handful of other NBA teams and the Greek team Panathinaikos in an effort to find a team somewhere to play the upcoming basketball season, the Star Tribune reported.

Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported Tolliver texted him and said he doesn't plan on playing in Greece this season, but it "remains an option" while he attempts to find an NBA team that'll sign him for something over the veteran's minimum.

That's the catch in the Timberwolves re-signing Tolliver: All the team could afford would be the veteran's minimum unless a trade is made to clear salary cap space.

Other NBA teams Tolliver and his agent are engaging in talks, Zgoda said, are the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.

Timberwolves' training camp opens Oct. 2, and the team has one roster spot open.

Tolliver has played five years in the NBA. He went undrafted out of Creighton in 2007. He spent the first three years out of college shuffling between the NBA Development League and teams in Germany and Turkey. The 27-year-old 6'8 forward has played for the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors and the Timberwolves.

He's averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds for his NBA career.

Stay with this StoryStream for more trade rumors involving the T-Wolves, and head over to Canis Hoopus for more T-Wolves coverage. Be sure to visit SB Nation's NBA hub for news, updates and coverage from around the league.

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