Our panel likes the Timberwolves, but a 17-win improvement seems a little large despite all of the talent added this offseason.
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With about five weeks remaining until NBA training camps open, veteran swingman Brandon Rush remains on the free-agent market.
Now that Tom Thibodeau has created Minnesota's roster in his image, our panel is projecting a huge jump in wins for the Timberwolves in 2017-18.
The Wolves will open at San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Minnesota fans will get their first look at Jimmy Butler and the renovated Target Center two nights later when the Jazz visit.
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February 9 on ESPN, Jimmy Butler makes his highly anticipated return to Chicago. On draft night, the Timberwolves acquired Butler from the Bulls, who is looking to get Minnesota back to the postseason for the first time since 2003-04. Their 13 straight seasons of missing the playoffs is the longest active drought in the league.
Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer
With Kyrie Irving still on the Cavs as we wait to see if his trade request is fulfilled, here are the key dates CLE will play some of his potential suitors for the first time: Oct. 17 vs. BOS (opening night); Oct. 29 vs NYK; Nov. 17 vs. LAC; Nov. 28 vs. MIA; Jan. 8 at MIN; Jan. 23 at SAS; March 13 at PHX.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Ricky Rubio's first road game with the Jazz will be a return to Minnesota on Oct. 20.
Free-agent forward Shabazz Muhammad remains unsigned, as the four-year NBA veteran has so far been unable to land a high-dollar contract offer.
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Tune in for Opening Week
The NBA's more player-friendly 2017-18 schedule will begin in mid-October. Tune in to catch some of the best opening week matchups on ESPN/WatchESPN.
Christmas Day schedule revealed
ESPN's annual marathon is once again filled with juicy matchups, including a rematch of the last three NBA Finals, a key Eastern Conference showdown and a battle of last season's top two MVP candidates.
The NBA is keeping busy in August with another set of teams releasing their new uniforms. The Timberwolves, Bucks and Suns did so on Thursday.
Some notable NBA names moved to new teams this offseason. Which newcomer will make the most difference for his team in 2017-18? Cast your vote.
Not only is Jimmy Butler an elite defender, he's also one of the NBA's best closers -- and he's joining a young Timberwolves team that struggled to win tight games last year.
The Warriors and Cavs highlight a Christmas slate that includes the Rockets, Thunder, Celtics, Wizards, 76ers, Knicks, Timberwolves and Lakers.
Will reloaded Minnesota break its playoff drought? Can Philly's young core make some noise in the East? Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the league's Team Turnaround for 2017-18.
Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre weigh in on the organization of a rally to protest Colin Kaepernick still being unsigned, Andrew Wiggins' max deal and more.
Our ESPN Forecast panel predicts the players most likely to make their All-Star debuts in 2017-18. Are Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid ready to take the next step?
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor tells The Associated Press he is ready to give Andrew Wiggins a max contract extension on his rookie deal worth close to $150 million.
Glen Taylor, who bought the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1994 for $88.5 million, has no desire at this time to sell his majority shares in the team.
In a video posted to the team's Twitter account, the Timberwolves previewed new bathrooms that will guard against "Splash Brothers" and improve "spacing."