Player News - Timberwolves

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Ricky Rubio (ankle) was held out of Monday's evening scrimmage as a precaution.

Rubio didn't have any setbacks and this is par for the preseason course, as the Wolves are wisely taking it very slow with their prized PG. He said recently that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good," and the Wolves still expect him to be in the starting lineup on opening night.
Oct 5 - 7:01 PM

Ricky Rubio said that his surgically-repaired left ankle feels "pretty good" and that he's been cleared to play 5-on-5 for the past month.

That said, Rubio has been limited during training camp and in late September he said he's "not ready" for the season just yet. We're considering him probable for opening night but owners could draft him with greater confidence if he logged substantial minutes in some of the Wolves' seven preseason games.
Oct 5 - 4:30 PM

Shabazz Muhammad said the Wolves are asking him to play shooting guard, small forward and power forward.

He dropped close to 25 pounds and has the inside track to be the ninth man in the rotation. Muhammad was a usage-rate beast at times last year, but that's a little less likely now with the Wolves getting a lot of healthy bodies back. His upside is a tad too low in Roto-style leagues.
Oct 2 - 8:49 PM

Kevin Garnett had some scheduled rest for part of Friday's practice.

He's fine and is about as close to 100 percent as he can be. Garnett will obviously have his minutes managed and perhaps his most value asset is how he can help Karl-Anthony Towns.
Oct 2 - 8:45 PM

Coach Sam Mitchell said he's thinking about a 10-man rotation.

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Garnett, Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Andre Miller seem like the locks, which would mean it's Nemanja Bjelica, Shabazz Muhammad and Adreian Payne vying for two spots until Nikola Pekovic (ankle) is healthy. Hopefully, Mitchell cuts it to a nine-man rotation. We're not expecting Pek to be ready for quite some time, by the way.
Oct 2 - 8:42 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) was still limited in practice on Friday.

"I just want to be cautious, we've got a long season so there's no need to rush him," coach Sam Mitchell said. He still hasn't been deemed 100 percent and said earlier this week that he's not ready yet. Rubio is getting a lot closer and is fully expected to be ready for the opener. He'll be a risk-reward pick in the middle rounds.
Oct 2 - 8:31 PM

According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Flip Saunders is unlikely to return to the sidelines as head coach this season.

Saunders is currently battling cancer and Zgoda notes that "things have changed dramatically" since his diagnosis in August. The cancer is reportedly life threatening, and we wish him and his family nothing but the best. We will update his status once we know more, while Sam Mitchell will continue to take over the coaching duties in his absence.
Oct 2 - 11:51 AM

Interim head coach Sam Mitchell has already been impressed by rookie Nemanja Bjelica.

"Very smart, moves the ball, can shoot the ball, just wants to play, unselfish to a fault," Mitchell said of Bjelica. "I like the way he plays. I’ve seen him on tape, but I like him a lot more in person." Bjelica was dominant for Serbia during Eurobasket and the 27-year-old should be ready to contribute for Minnesota right out of the gate. Bjelica should be a key player in the second unit, and he is definitely a player to keep an eye on during the preseason.
Oct 2 - 10:14 AM

Wolves reporter Jerry Zgoda said that Zach LaVine has a legitimate shot to challenge Kevin Martin for the starting shooting guard spot.

Additionally, Shabazz Muhammad is in the mix as well. The Wolves are obviously going to prioritize the development of their younger players this season, so it will be interesting to see how much of a role Martin plays. Interim head coach Sam Mitchell previously indicated that most of LaVine's minutes will come at the two, but he would likely need to beat out Martin for the starting role in order to have any real fantasy value. Martin is still the shooting guard to own in Minnesota, but don't be surprised if that changes later on in the season.
Oct 2 - 9:15 AM

Tyus Jones is expected to spend some time in the D-League this season.

Ricky Rubio will obviously be the starter, but it sounds like the veteran Andre Miller will handle the bulk of the backup point guard duties right out of the gate. Jones should see more playing time as the season progresses, but he isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Oct 2 - 9:08 AM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) said he's looking forward to playing with Karl-Anthony Towns.

While Rubio may not be ready for the start of the regular season, he's already looking forward to playing with his new teammate. "It's gonna be fun, a lot of alley-oops," Rubio said. "But he can shot the ball too, I like guys that pick and pop." Rubio has had trouble staying healthy, but he could be a mid-round value pick in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to make it through a full season.
Sep 29 - 11:20 AM

Kevin Martin "made it pretty clear" he wants to start this year, according to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

The Wolves are shifting Zach LaVine more to a shooting guard, which could cut into Martin's playing time. Martin is really sliding in drafts, but he could be a nice pick with the Wolves stressing the 3-point shot. He is likely going to lead the team in makes.
Sep 28 - 3:14 PM

Shabazz Muhammad said he's 100 percent and has been working out all summer.

He reportedly dropped 30 pounds this summer, so maybe he shifts to more small forward this year. The Wolves went over the top with their additions at power forward while they are a little thinner on the wings. Muhammad isn't worth drafting in most leagues, though.
Sep 28 - 2:42 PM

Ricky Rubio (ankle) said he's "not ready" to go for the season yet.

"I was four months without playing," Rubio said. He is cleared for full activity and has been for a month, so it sounds like he's just not back in the swing of things based on all the time off. Rubio should be ready to roll to start the year and could be a value pick in the middle rounds. Of course, he has to stay healthy.
Sep 28 - 2:19 PM

Andrew Wiggins spent the offseason working on improving both his ballhandling and shooting.

Wiggins wants to be a greater threat from behind the 3-point line, where he shot just 31 percent in his rookie season. After averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals, Wiggins' fantasy arrow is pointing sky-high as he enters his sophomore campaign. If he can add threes to the equation, it would make him a much more dangerous player both in reality and fantasy circles.
Sep 28 - 1:46 PM

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