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Nemanja Bjelica | Forward | #8

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/9/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: Yugoslavia
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (5) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Thibodeau said Nemanja Bjelica (foot) is "still a week away or so" from returning to the Wolves lineup.
The sharp-shooting Bjelica can be left on the waiver wire for now. Gorgui Dieng will continue to soak up extra minutes with Bjelica sidelined. Dec 15 - 1:58 PM

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Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will not play on Thursday vs. the Kings.

He will be on the active list again, but this confirms that he's likely not 100 percent. Gorgui Dieng will continue to see a slight uptick in minutes off the bench.
Source: Wolves PR
Dec 14 - 7:21 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will not play Tuesday vs. the Sixers.

This is not surprising, as Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters on Monday that there is currently no timetable for Bjelica's return. The sharp-shooting forward can be left on the waiver wire.
Dec 12 - 12:12 PM

Tom Thibodeau would not commit to a timetable for Nemanja Bjelica (foot).

"We don’t want to put a timetable on it. We thought it would be sooner, but when he’s healthy, he's healthy," said Thibodeau. "We don’t want to go back and forth with it. He has ramped it up conditioning-wise, so that’s a good sign. He’s a little better." Bjelica dressed for Sunday's game but did not play, and it sounds like he won't be taking the court on Tuesday either. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 11 - 5:08 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will be in uniform for Sunday's game against the Mavericks, but he's not expected to play.

It sounds like Bjelica is on the cusp of a return, but his playing status really doesn't matter in fantasy hoops. Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad will continue to split his minutes, which is another thing that means very little in fantasy basketball.
Dec 10 - 6:22 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (left mid-foot sprain) is not expected to play on Sunday vs. Dallas.

He hasn't played since Nov. 22, but he was active in his last game which suggests he's getting closer. Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng could pick up a handful of minutes with Bjelica expected to sit again.
Dec 10 - 12:18 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will not play on Wednesday against the Clippers.

The good news is he is active, so he is getting close. We could see more Shabazz Muhammad to go with more Gorgui Dieng.
Dec 6 - 9:44 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) is not expected to play on Wednesday, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

"No I don't think so," Thibodeau said about Bjelica playing. Gorgui Dieng has been a winner from Bjelica not playing because he's playing next to Karl-Anthony Towns now. Dieng could take a hit once Bjelica is back, but maybe Thibs sticks with him a little more.
Dec 6 - 4:12 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will miss his seventh straight game on Monday vs. Memphis.

The Wolves continue to list him as day-to-day, so we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers. Gorgui Dieng has seen a slight uptick in minutes with Bjelica out, averaging 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 22.6 minutes over his last five.
Dec 4 - 1:26 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will remain on the sidelines for Sunday's game against the Clippers.

This will be Bjelica's sixth straight game on the sidelines, and while he remains day-to-day, it seems unlikely that he'll be able to get out there for Monday's game in Memphis. Gorgui Dieng will continue to see an uptick in minutes with Bjelica out.
Dec 3 - 4:24 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau isn't expecting Nemanja Bjelica (foot) to play on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

This means he will likely miss his sixth game in a row. Gorgui Dieng will see a bump in minutes with Bjelica out and is slowly becoming relevant in standard leagues again.
Dec 3 - 12:17 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Nemanja Bjelica (foot) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Thunder.

This will be the fifth straight game Bjelica has missed. Gorgui Dieng has been the primary beneficiary of Bjelica's absence. Dieng is averaging 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 24.0 minutes over Minnesota's last three contests.
Dec 1 - 12:40 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Against the Pelicans, maybe Gorgui Dieng can get some more minutes at the four. He's been playing next to Karl-Anthony Towns more since Bjelica went down, so maybe Dieng can get close to 20 minutes tonight.
Nov 29 - 7:06 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will again be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Pelicans.

If Bjelica can't give it a go, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad will split his limited minutes, which means nothing in fantasy hoops.
Nov 29 - 6:39 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) will not play Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

This will be the third straight game Bjelica has missed due to the foot issue. However, given he was a game-time decision, it appears he quite close to returning to the lineup. The Wolves play the back end of a back-to-back Wednesday night in New Orleans. Bjelica should be considered questionable for that contest. Gorgui Dieng should again see additional minutes with Bjelica sideline on Tuesday.
Nov 28 - 7:12 PM

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PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich