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VIDEO: Blazers’ Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs by Fans After Timberwolves Game

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Portland Trailblazers’ guard Damian Lillard was on the receiving end of anti-gay slurs outside of the arena after Portland’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

The incident occurred as Lillard was walking to the team bus following the game.

“I don’t bother nobody,” Lillard said to ESPN. “They were straight disrespectful.”

Upon hearing the slurs Lillard walked over to the fans and demanded to know who was saying them. A video captured his doing so.

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Lillard finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists in the loss.

“We had a lead,” Lillard said of the loss and the Blazers blown lead.

“I think, on our part, that was the main thing is the (17) turnovers. But when you get away with a lot of that stuff, maybe those get cut in half if you’re not allowed to grab and all that stuff. Half of those things may not happen. Maybe we’ve just got to be stronger with the ball and make smarter plays.

At crucial moments, we’re making plays and trying to score and guys getting hit, guys literally out there grabbing my arms. I got hit in the face one time, and it’s like in shooting motion. It’s a clear, easy play, and it’s impacting the game.”

 

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Wolves’ Glen Taylor Not Ready to Give Up on Andrew Wiggins

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have had a busy offseason from trying to work out a new deal for Karl-Anthony Towns to having their offer rejected by Jimmy Butler, the offseason has been kind of a roller coaster for the franchise.

Heading into the 2028-2019 season, Minnesota is hoping that Andrew Wiggins can put a poor season behind him and get back to playing to his potential.

Timberwolves team owner Glen Taylor isn’t ready to give up on the young Wiggins.

“I just think you want to take a person and not give up on them when they’re that young, no matter what. I just think you have to be really careful not to give up on him,” Taylor said, during an appearance on 1500 ESPN (h/t theScore’s William Lou).

“You can look at a lot of players, and it took them three or four years to get better, and they keep getting better from the experience and the confidence. I don’t see why Andrew won’t be one of those people because he has such natural ability.”

 

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Jimmy Butler Reportedly Rejects Wolves’ 4-Year, $110M Contract Extension Offer

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Jimmy Butler has reportedly rejected a 4-Year $110 million contract extension from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to 5 Eyewitness News’ Darren Wolfson.

Per Wolfon’s report, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said  that the All-Star forward turned down a four-year extension in the $110 million range.

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Wolves Optimistic Believe They Can Sign Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Smooth Out Issues

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have a big task ahead of them as they look to lock up both Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns on long-term extensions, and also iron out any underlying issues that may exist.

Minnesota has already taken care of Andrew Wiggins, signing him to a five-year, $150 million deal last season and now they look towards their two biggest superstars.

According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczyncki, the organization is optimistic it can get deals done for both players and iron out any issues between the two.’

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“There is optimism throughout the organization that the two sides will eventually reach agreement, and a belief that the concerns about team chemistry can be smoothed over as time goes on,”

With Butler stating that he is not going to sign an extension this summer, and with rumors swirling that he is eyeing forming a tandem with Kyrie Irving in the Eastern Conference, the Wolves have their work cut out for them, especially considering that they will have to keep their cap in mind when discussing any deals.

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