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Nemanja Bjelica | Forward

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 234
College: Yugoslavia

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Nemanja Bjelica (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Kings.
It'll be Bjelica's fourth straight game on the sidelines, and he remains without a clear timetable to return. Gorgui Dieng has seen his minutes go up recently, and it'll be interesting to see if that trend continues once Bjelica is healthy. Adreian Payne will also pick up some extra minutes sans Bjelica, but he won't see enough floor time to make an impact in most leagues. Nov 27 - 9:06 PM

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Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is not likely to play on Friday against the Kings.

He will be a game-time call, but fantasy owners should plan on him sitting. Bjelica was really struggling before his injury, so he's justifiably been cut in several leagues. Expect to see a lot of small-ball tonight with Adreian Payne getting most of the PF minutes. Payne isn't a great play.
Nov 27 - 6:12 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is a game-time decision to play against the Kings on Friday.

He was able to go through at least some of practice today. The Wolves haven't been able to get much out of the power forward spot in the past two weeks with Bjelica struggling before his injury and Adreian Payne in a slump, too. Tayshaun Prince has played a lot of stretch four and Shabazz Muhammad has stepped up a tad. Fantasy owners should probably steer clear of this situation.
Nov 27 - 3:05 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is feeling better and is hopeful to play on Friday vs. the Kings.

He's missed the past three games due to a knee contusion, and it should be noted that he was in a major slump prior to going down. Bjelica does have talent and upside, but feel free to monitor him from the waiver wire until he turns things around.
Nov 27 - 12:09 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

It'll be his third game out due to knee soreness from his contusion. After the former EuroLeague MVP was playing well earlier this month, his injury has justifiably sent him to the waiver wire. Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad gain some value here.
Nov 25 - 7:05 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Bjelica was limited during Tuesday's practice, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him spend another game on the sidelines. If he's out, Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad will split his minutes, but neither guy makes for a great play in most leagues.
Nov 25 - 10:37 AM

Namenja Bjelica (knee) was able to do some "light stuff" during Tuesday's practice, according to head coach Sam Mitchell.

Bjelica has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a left knee contusion, but this is the first time he's been able to get through any portions of the Wolves practice. We'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks, and if he can't give it a go, it'll be Adreian Payne and Shabazz Muhammad picking up some extra minutes. Check back for another update on Bjelica following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Nov 24 - 2:44 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee) will not play vs. the 76ers on Monday.

He was expected to be a game-time call, but he was ruled out an hour before tip-off. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines and he still hasn't practiced, but we'll consider him day-to-day. Adreian Payne should get a good chunk of his minutes off the bench, while Shabazz Muhammad could get some more action as well.
Nov 23 - 7:08 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee) is a game-time call on Monday against the 76ers.

If he can't go, we should see more of Adreian Payne and perhaps Shabazz Muhammad gets more run tonight, too. Bjelica isn't a strong asset right now after a bad slump before this knee injury.
Nov 23 - 6:58 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Sunday.

Beat reporter Kent Youngblood said that Bjelica will be questionable "at best," for Monday's game against the 76ers, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll spend that game on the sidelines. With Bjelica out, there will be more minutes for Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne, with Muhammad offering the most upside.
Nov 22 - 3:00 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (knee contusion) did not practice on Saturday, but coach Sam Mitchell is hopeful that he will practice on Sunday.

Bjelica wasn't able to play vs. the Pistons on Friday, but it sounds like he is day-to-day. The Wolves take on the 76ers on Monday, so hopefully Bjelica can break out of his recent slump if he can give it a go. The Serbian has talent, so be patient with him if you can.
Nov 22 - 11:25 AM

Nemanja Bjelica (left knee contusion) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Pistons.

This is the first we're hearing of a knee contusion for Bjelica, and it's currently unclear how long he's expected to be sidelined. Adreian Payne should pick up some extra minutes with Bjelica out, but he's not bringing enough to the stat sheet to warrant consideration in most leagues. Gorgui Dieng could also have some more opportunity for minutes tonight, but he'll remain an extremely risky DFS punt-play. For now, we'll be considering Bjelica day-to-day.
Nov 20 - 7:03 PM

Nemanja Bjelica's slump continued in Wednesday's OT loss, as he fouled out with a mere three points, four rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

It wasn't pretty for Bjelica tonight. He's averaging 2.3 points in Minnesota's past three games and his playing time has dwindled as a result. He has nice potential as the Wolves' primary PF and is worth hanging onto, but there's no sugar-coating it -- right now he's just playing poorly.
Nov 18 - 10:47 PM

Nemanja Bjelica had another rough game on Tuesday vs. the Heat, finishing with zero points on 0-of-7 shooting with four boards and two blocks in 16 minutes.

That's now two bad games in a row for the Serbian, but he got into some early foul trouble like he did against the Grizzlies on Sunday and never really found his rhythm after that. He is still one of the best 3-point shooters on the Wolves' roster and his talent is undeniable, so we'd expect him to bounce back vs. the Magic on Wednesday.
Nov 17 - 11:21 PM

Nemanja Bjelica had a foul-plagued dud vs. the Grizzlies, scoring four points on 2-of-5 with one rebound and no other stats to his credit.

He picked up five fouls in 24 minutes, two of which were intentional in the final minute. Bjelica has been a steady fantasy producer in 28.9 minutes per game this season, and one lousy game vs. Memphis doesn't damage his value.
Nov 15 - 7:19 PM

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PG1Ricky Rubio
2Zach LaVine
3Andre Miller
4Tyus Jones
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Kevin Martin
SF1Tayshaun Prince
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Damjan Rudez
PF1Kevin Garnett
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Adreian Payne
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Nikola Pekovic