Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) will miss at least six months after undergoing surgery on his right Achilles tendon.

A timetable of six months would put Pekovic out until mid-October, so there's a decent chance he may not be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season. We'll monitor Pek's status closely, but it sounds like Gorgui Dieng will have a more prominent role next season as the plan is to limit Pekovic's minutes even when he's healthy. With his prolonged timetable and upcoming minutes limit, Pekovic's fantasy will be limited to deeper leagues if this current news holds.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 12:58 PM

Wolves head coach and president Flip Saunders said he expects Kevin Garnett to return for the 2015-16 season.

KG is set to become a free agent on July 1, but Saunders expects the veteran to remain in Minnesota for his 20th NBA season. While it's a bit of a surprise to see the 38-year-old planning to return for another season, he is likely to transition to a front office or ownership role with the Timberwolves so it makes sense for him to remain with the team. If Garnett does indeed return for another season, he's more or less off the fantasy radar as he's too unreliable to depend on outside of the deepest of leagues.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 12:53 PM

Timberwolves head coach, president, and part-owner Flip Saunders said he plans on coaching the team next season.

While he left the door open on hiring a new head coach this summer, Saunders said he's planning on returning as the Wolves head coach for the 2015-16 season. "I'll coach until I feel we need to move in a different direction," Saunders said. After leading the Timberwolves to a league-worst 16-66 record in 2014-15, Saunders will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to develop Minnesota's young roster.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 12:48 PM

Coach Flip Saunders said Zach LaVine will have to get stronger to play shooting guard next season.

LaVine also said that's a focus for him in the offseason. He was outstanding around the rim and from deep to close the season, so he'll be someone worth watching in the offseason. For now, he's not someone most fantasy owners will want to target in a standard fantasy draft.
Apr 20 - 3:47 PM

Adreian Payne will play in Las Vegas Summer League.

He did not play well in Vegas last summer with the Hawks, averaging 12.5 points on 37.5 percent from the field. Payne's shot selection has been an issue and his post presence hasn't translated from his days at Michigan State. He'll be in a reserve role next season.
Apr 20 - 2:52 PM

Coach Flip Saunders said he's optimistic Nikola Pekovic will be able to give the Wolves 20 minutes per game.

That should have been the plan coming into this season and perhaps the Wolves will stick with it this time. Around the All-Star break, Pekovic was playing around 35 minutes per game, but the wheels fell off two weeks later. If Pek does play just 20 minutes per game, that's fantastic news for Gorgui Dieng for now. That could all change with the upcoming draft.
Apr 20 - 2:26 PM

Kevin Garnett (knee) is going through the work to prepare to play next season.

All signs point to Garnett returning, so we'd be surprised if he didn't work out a new contract with the Wolves to extend his stay as a player-coach before moving into the team's front office.
Apr 20 - 10:43 AM

Kevin Martin returned from an illness Wednesday and went off for 29 points (9-of-15), three 3-pointers and two steals in a loss to the Thunder.

If you had the guts to use him in daily tonight, congratulations are in order. Zach LaVine wrapped up an outstanding rookie season and came through with 19 points and 13 assists, Andrew Wiggins, the likely Rookie of the Year, added 23 points and six boards, and unknown Arinze Onuaku started at center and had 12 points and six rebounds. The Wolves finish with a league-worst record of 16-66.
Apr 15 - 11:57 PM

Justin Hamilton (hamstring) is not in the Timberwolves' starting lineup on Wednesday and his status is unclear.

Arinze Onuaku is starting at center and the fact that Hamilton isn't starting suggests he won't play. Minnesota may be leery of aggravating his injury in a meaningless game, and the availability of Anthony Bennett gives them at least a shred of frontcourt depth. Hamilton was listed as probable for this game, so unfortunately the Wolves may burn fantasy owners one last time.
Apr 15 - 8:13 PM

Arinze Onuaku will start at center against the Thunder on Wednesday.

It's the biggest game of the season for OKC and they'll play against the the starting big-man combo of Onuaku and Adreian Payne. Fantasy owners shouldn't trust either and Justin Hamilton might be out tonight.
Apr 15 - 8:10 PM

Anthony Bennett (ankle) will play during Wednesday's home game vs. OKC.

He's missed six straight games and has played a total of 33 minutes since Feb. 20. The Wolves are desperately short-handed and they'll give Bennett as many minutes as he can handle, but fantasy owners may want to shy away from him -- he's likely to be very rusty and only has a handful of productive games this season.
Apr 15 - 6:57 PM

Kevin Martin (illness) is expected to play vs. the Thunder on Wednesday.

Martin has played well when healthy this season and he's worth plugging into active lineups once his status is confirmed. The bad news is that he'll finish the year with just 39 games played. He's missed 25.8 percent of all possible games since joining the NBA in 2004, an average of 20.7 DNPs per season, which is part of the reason he'll slide way down fantasy draft boards next season.
Apr 15 - 6:55 PM

Chase Budinger (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

It's a tough break for fantasy owners who have been riding Budinger over the past month, but Minnesota is wisely playing it safe with nothing at stake. Robbie Hummel and Lorenzo Brown will once again be pressed into heavy minutes.
Apr 15 - 6:53 PM

Gary Neal (ankle) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

Getting traded to Minnesota ruined his fantasy value this season, and it's pretty obvious that he isn't a huge part of their plans moving forward. Chase Budinger is doubtful tonight while Kevin Martin is questionable, meaning Lorenzo Brown and Robbie Hummel could see a lot of action.
Apr 15 - 11:20 AM

Kevin Garnett (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

Garnett is still leaning toward returning to the Wolves next season, but his age is obviously catching up with him. To be clear, Garnett won't be on the fantasy radar outside of deeper leagues next season.
Apr 15 - 11:16 AM


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