8 Basketball Players who Played for Timberwolves and Cavaliers

There is a good chance that if you’ve found this page then you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.

That also means that today’s grid has asked for players that have played for both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers.

And, it also means that you’re probably stuck on this particular box and you’re looking for a little help. Sound about right so far?

Well, good news, you’re in the right place.

I’ve done some research and have found players who played for both the Timberwolves and the Cavaliers.

Kevin Love

Kevin Love was drafted 5th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2008 NBA Draft but was promptly traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he established himself as one of the league’s most dominant power forwards.

During his tenure with the Timberwolves, Love was a three-time All-Star and won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award in 2011. He led the league in rebounding in the 2010-2011 season and was also the first player since Moses Malone in 1982 to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a month, which he did in March 2014.

In the summer of 2014, Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he teamed up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form a new “big three.” In Cleveland, Love transitioned to a more perimeter-oriented role and helped the team win its first NBA Championship in 2016.

*Love was previously the most popular pick for this square (Grid 10)

Love Key Stats

  • All-NBA (Timberwolves)
  • All-Star (Timberwolves, Cavs)
  • NBA Champ (Cavs)
  • 20+ Points/Game Season (Timberwolves)
  • 10+ Rebounds/Game Season (Timberwolves, Cavs)

Wally Szczerbiak

Standing at 6’7″, Szczerbiak played as a forward and was regarded for his scoring ability, basketball IQ, and sharpshooting from beyond the arc.

Szczerbiak was selected 6th overall by the Timberwolves in the 1999 NBA Draft. During his time with the Timberwolves, he emerged as a significant offensive weapon alongside Kevin Garnett, culminating in an All-Star selection in 2002.

In addition to the Timberwolves, Szczerbiak had stints with the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over his career, he averaged 14.1 points per game, 4.0 rebounds, and shot an impressive 40.6% from three-point range.

Mike Miller

Mike Miller was a player known for his shooting ability, particularly beyond the arc. He was selected as the 5th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, and his standout performances during his rookie season earned him the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

In 2003, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies, where he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the 2005-2006 season. Miller’s career then took him to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards, but it was his tenure with the Miami Heat that brought him significant recognition.

Joining the Heat in 2010, Miller played a key role in the team’s back-to-back NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013. He made a significant contribution in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals, when he made 7 of 8 three-point attempts, helping the Heat secure the championship.

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose was selected as the first overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2008 NBA Draft. During his time with the Bulls, Rose earned NBA Rookie of the Year honors and became the youngest player in league history to win the Most Valuable Player award in the 2010-2011 season.

Unfortunately, Rose’s career was hindered by significant knee injuries, including a devastating ACL tear in 2012. Despite these setbacks, he managed to contribute valuable minutes with various teams such as the Knicks, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Pistons.

While with the Timberwolves, Rose recorded a career-high 50-point game, and he later played a vital role in helping the Knicks reach the playoffs in the 2020-2021 season. His career is marked by incredible talent and resilience, making him one of the most memorable point guards of his generation.

Rose Key Stats

  • Rookie of the Year (Bulls)
  • MVP (Bulls)
  • All-NBA (Bulls)
  • All-Star (Bulls)
  • 20+ Points/Game Season (Bulls)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Bulls, Pistons)

Andre Miller

Andre Miller was drafted 8th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1999 NBA Draft after a successful college career at the University of Utah. His NBA journey took him to multiple teams including the Clippers, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Wizards, Kings, Timberwolves, and Spurs.

Throughout his career, Miller was often among the league leaders in assists. In fact, as of this writing, he ranks 12th all-time in assists in the NBA (8524). He also led the league in assists in 2001-02, averaging 10.9 assists per game.

Miller was never an All-Star but was a key contributor on many teams throughout his 17-year career, demonstrating an ability to fit into various systems and roles.

Miller Key Stats

  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Cavaliers, Clippers, Nuggets, 76ers, Trail Blazers)

Mo Williams

Mo Williams is probably best known for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Williams, a 6’1″ point guard, had a 13-year career that spanned from 2003 to 2017.

Williams had a breakout season with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2006-2007, averaging over 17 points per game. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008, where he played alongside LeBron James and was named an All-Star in 2009. His high-scoring and playmaking ability made him a key part of the Cavaliers’ success during his tenure.

After bouncing around the league in the later stages of his career, Williams briefly rejoined the Cavaliers in 2015 and was part of the team’s championship roster in 2016, providing veteran leadership and depth off the bench.

Williams Key Stats

  • All-Star (Cavs)
  • NBA Championship (Cavs)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Bucks, Cavs, Jazz, Clippers, Timberwolves, Hornets)

Luol Deng

Luol Deng was born in South Sudan and raised in the UK. Deng’s basketball journey began internationally before he moved to the U.S. to play high school basketball. He played one season of college basketball at Duke University before declaring for the NBA.

Deng was selected 7th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2004 NBA Draft but was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls. In Chicago, he became a cornerstone of the team’s success, earning two All-Star selections and establishing himself as one of the league’s premier defenders.

After a decade with the Bulls, Deng had stints with several teams, including the Heat, Lakers, and Timberwolves. Beyond his on-court contributions, Deng was highly regarded for his humanitarian efforts, especially concerning refugees and communities affected by conflict.

Deng Key Stats

  • All-Star (Bulls)

Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi’s journey to the NBA began when he was selected 23rd overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 NBA Draft. In his debut season, Casspi showcased his offensive talent, earning a spot in the NBA’s Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend.

Throughout his NBA career, Casspi played for various teams, including the Kings, Cavaliers, Rockets, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Warriors, and Grizzlies. While he was primarily utilized as a role player, Casspi was known for his three-point shooting, basketball IQ, and hustle on the court.

Beyond the NBA, Casspi was a key player for the Israeli national team, representing his country in multiple FIBA tournaments and European Championships. His commitment to the growth of basketball in Israel and his trailblazing journey in the NBA has made him an icon in Israeli sports.

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