Player News - Timberwolves

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Andrew Wiggins is expected to work out with the Wolves later this week.

The Wolves already have Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Zach LaVine and Robbie Hummel working out, and all of them could be fighting for minutes with Wiggins. The No. 1 pick of the 2014 draft is expected to start and serves as a risky pick in the middle of fantasy drafts.
Sep 15 - 11:27 AM

Nikola Pekovic is expected to play 27 minutes per game this season.

That sounds about right and it would be down from his 31 per game last season. Pekovic has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons and the team will give Gorgui Dieng more minutes as the backup center. Pek's numbers haven't translated to fantasy very well, so he's only a borderline pick at the end of standard fantasy drafts.
Sep 15 - 11:21 AM

Ricky Rubio said that he never tried to talk Kevin Love out of asking for a trade.

"If he wanted to leave, there's no reason to talk to him about it," Rubio said. "I really liked playing with him, but I'll play with the players who want to be there." The Wolves are going to be hungry for offense this season and Rubio may have to take more shots, which is something he doesn't usually do. The loss of Love may hurt his fantasy value.
Sep 15 - 9:16 AM

Ricky Rubio struggled against in Spain's World Cup loss to France, going 1-of-7 from the floor.

The trio of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Rubio combined to go 3-of-21 from the floor, resulting from Spain being eliminated by France in shocking fashion. Rubio struggling with his shot is not news to Timberwolves fans, but the young point guard failed to have any tangible impact on the game. His final stat line for the loss to Spain was four points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one turnover.
Sep 10 - 7:01 PM

Anthony Bennett said he's looking forward to a new start with the Timberwolves,

He added he was able to play well at summer league because he had a free mind. Bennett had surgery to correct his sleep apnea, which may help his respiratory problems. He'll be coming off the bench and the Wolves won't be playing him at center, so he's only a target in deep leagues for now.
Sep 8 - 1:40 PM

Gorgui Dieng's FIBA World Cup ended on a low note vs. Spain, making just 1-of-9 from the field for six points with seven boards, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

He had a +/- of -28 in just 27 minutes, so needless to say Spain shut him down. Dieng was rolling in his first three FIBA games with an average of 22.0 points per game, but he dropped to just 10.0 in his final three. He's going to get the vast majority of his minutes with the Wolves as a backup center, so his prospective fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be quite as good as he was down the stretch last season.
Sep 6 - 6:25 PM

Ricky Rubio filled the stat sheet in an easy win over Senegal on Saturday with seven points, five boards, six assists, five steals and one block on 2-of-4 from the field.

He did all of this damage in just 20.5 minutes. Rubio has been an absolute thief in FIBA with his 3.7 steals per game and he's had two or fewer turnovers in five of his six games. He's been very adept with steals in his NBA career, but he's yet to come around on offense. Fantasy owners will want to take into account how bad he'll be from the field with less help around him.
Sep 6 - 6:07 PM

J.J. Barea led Puerto Rico with 20 points in the national team's loss to Croatia.

The loss eliminates Puerto Rico from the FIBA World Cup. Barea followed up his 30-point game on Wednesday with another efficient outing against Puerto Rico. Despite his solid play in the tournament, Barea will likely see his minutes go to the newly acquired young nucleus in Minnesota, removing J.J. from fantasy radars completely.
Sep 4 - 4:40 PM

Gorgui Dieng posted an impressive stat line of 13 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, four steals, and three blocks in Thursday's 81-79 loss to the Philippines.

Dieng played a team-high 44 minutes during the loss and added fuel to the sleeper excitement fire that is currently surrounding him in fantasy circles. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance during Summer League and the World Cup of Basketball, but will likely disappoint excited fantasy owners in 2014-15 unless Nikola Pekovic goes down with an injury.
Sep 4 - 11:50 AM

Gorgui Dieng cooled off during Wednesday's blowout 81-46 loss to Argentina, making 4-of-12 from the field for 11 points with eight boards, one steal and one block.

He's looked like a star at FIBA, but Argentina put the clamps on him today. One of the big questions for Dieng entering the season is whether or not he can play power forward. He didn't play a single minute next to Nikola Pekovic last season, so that will have to change in order for him to have a breakout season while the Wolves are healthy. He's only worth a late-round pick until we get a little more info on the subject.
Sep 3 - 3:18 PM

J.J. Barea made 8-of-15 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line for 30 points during Wednesday's win over the Philippines with five boards, two assists, one steal, five turnovers and three 3-pointers.

The Puerto Ricans got their first win today and will need some help to make it out of the group stage. Barea's name has popped up in some trade rumors this offseason, but no team really wants to take on his contract. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
Sep 3 - 3:10 PM

Ricky Rubio didn't make any of his three field goal attempts in Monday's win over Brazil, adding two rebounds, six assists, one steal and one turnover.

He's working with a shooting coach back in the states, but he's at 18.2 percent from the field on his 3.7 shots per game with Spain. Rubio will probably be asked to shoot the ball more with Kevin Love gone, which is actually a negative to his fantasy value. He's an early-middle round point guard in standard leagues.
Sep 1 - 7:18 PM

Gorgui Dieng propelled Senegal to a win over Croatia, dropping 27 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal.

Dieng has been spectacular throughout the FIBA tournament, averaging 22 points, 11.6 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 75 percent from the line. Dieng was fantastic for the Wolves down the stretch last year, and when/if (more likely when) Nikola Pekovic goes down this season, Dieng will be primed for big numbers. Dieng has loads of upside, but may start off the year slow playing behind Pekovic.
Sep 1 - 11:04 AM

Thaddeus Young understands the Timberwolves are a rebuilding team, but it's different than the situation in Philadelphia.

"I think the situation in Philly is much different," said Young. "It’s the same process, but this team is much more competitive and it’s a better roster. Philly, they were getting rid of everybody and getting worse. But I think [Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie] is doing a great job and has made some big moves." Young added that he thinks there are "a lot of good guys" on his new Wolves team, but really anything would be an improvement coming from a decimated Philly roster. Young will be a focal point of the Wolves game plan, and makes for a solid mid-round selection.
Aug 31 - 12:29 PM

Flip Saunders hopes the Timberwolves can improve on their defense this season.

"I'm hoping that the biggest change is going to be defensively," Saunders said. "Always a key in your ability to guard is your athleticism. The quicker you are, the longer you are, the better chance you have to be a good defensive team." Saunders hopes that the Wolves will be able to generate offense with their defense, attacking in the open court, and using some of the freak athleticism they gained in guys like Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, and Zach LaVine. However, the Wolves have their work cutout for them as they allowed the fifth most points per game last season at 104.3.
Aug 29 - 4:43 PM

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