Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Gorgui Dieng's AfroBasket run came to an end on Saturday, scoring 20 points with 16 boards and four assists.

He's basically been a 24-15 guy at AfroBasket and proved he can be a focal point of an offense. He's not going to be quite as dominant with Karl-Anthony Towns around, but this strong offseason and no positive news on Nikola Pekovic (ankle) makes Dieng a fine pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 29 - 7:02 PM

Gorgui Dieng has been dominating for Senegal at AfroBasket, compiling averages of 24.2 points, 15.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.0 block over the past five games.

Yes, the competition he's going up against at AfroBasket is nowhere near that of the NBA, but the numbers are impressive none-the-less. He does, however, have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season with the addition of Karl-Anthony Towns, and it's possible he's demoted to a reserve role so the franchise can let their No. 1 overall pick develop. We'll be watching head coach Flip Saunders’ rotations develop closely leading up to the regular-season, but Dieng still presents enough upside to warrant a late-round selection on draft day.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 27 - 5:32 PM

Ricky Rubio said that he's learning a lot from Kevin Garnett, and that he's a great teammate to have.

"If you’re on the same team [as Garnett], he kills for you and you want that kind of teammate," said Rubio. "He’s a teacher, he spreads a lot of knowledge about basketball and he’s one of the greatest ever, so every day I spend with him in the locker room, it’s a lesson for me." Garnett will be taking on the role of veteran leader in Minnesota, but he won't be worth drafting in most leagues as he heads into the final few years of his NBA career. As for Rubio, he'll make for a very risky mid-round selection on draft day after only making it through 22 games last season to go with averages of 10.3 points, 8.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
Source: Rappler
Aug 26 - 11:47 AM

Sean Kilpatrick is set to work out for the Hawks and Pelicans.

Kilpatrick recently worked out for the Lakers and Spurs, so he's not just limiting his workouts to teams who don't have a bird as their mascot. While the 25-year-old may hook on somewhere as an extra point guard, he won't provide enough fantasy value to warrant a spot on standard league rosters.
Aug 25 - 11:39 AM

Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points in his debut with Canada's senior men's team, propelling his squad to an 85-80 win vs. Argentina.

The reigning Rookie of the Year helped Canada get off to a strong start as they seek to qualify for the Olympics. He's surrounded by a cast that includes NBA players Kelly Olynyk, Anthony Bennett, Nik Stauskas, Cory Joseph, Dwight Powell, Andrew Nicholson and Robert Sacre. Wiggins is still only 20 years old and the international experience should only help him as he prepares for his sophomore season in the NBA.
Source: FIBA.com
Aug 23 - 6:53 PM

Anthony Bennett excelled for the Canadian national team on Sunday, posting 10 points, 13 rebounds, one steal and one block in a win vs. Argentina.

He was solid defensively and could have scored more if he'd taken more shots, finishing 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 at the FT line. He played a team-high 33 minutes and has been great during international competition this summer, which may encourage the Wolves to keep him around for the regular season. He's not a viable fantasy pick in standard leagues.
Source: FIBA
Aug 23 - 6:51 PM

Ricky Rubio said that Andrew Wiggins could be the MVP of the league one day.

"It’s going to be a tough season because the West is tougher," Rubio said, "but I think we’re in the right pace, we have a lot of young guys who can really play basketball, and Wiggins was the Rookie of the Year. He’s going to be a big key for us to get to the Playoffs." Wiggins averaged 20.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.7 blocks on 44.6 percent shooting after the break last season, but it should be noted that the Wolves were extremely shorthanded and Wiggins was forced to play a ton of minutes. Some owners might reach for Wiggins in drafts, but he is still a nice target towards the end of the middle rounds.
Source: Rappler.com
Aug 23 - 10:43 AM

Gorgui Dieng led Senegal to an easy 86-76 win over Mozambique with 28 points, 18 boards, seven assists and two steals.

Dieng is having a field day in Afrobasket so far, so the Wolves have to be excited about his form heading into training camp. Nikola Pekovic (Achilles) may not be ready for the start of the season, so Dieng should be the first big off the bench behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kevin Garnett. Dieng has enough upside to warrant a pick in the later rounds of drafts.
Aug 22 - 2:12 PM

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press said that the Wolves would move Anthony Bennett for the right price, but he added that there are no active discussions right now.

There was a report on Friday night which hinted that Portland and Minnesota were engaged in trade talks, but it's not clear what pieces were involved. However, Krawczynski denied that those talks took place, so it will be interesting to see if anything else develops. Bennett is widely considered to be a bust, and he will have to do a lot just to crack Minnesota's rotation this season.
Aug 22 - 1:36 PM

Updating a previous item, the trade talk with the Wolves and Blazers is "dead," according to Rick Bonnell.

Bonnell just reported the two teams were talking, so this proposed deal can now have an official time of death filed away.
Aug 22 - 12:52 AM

Updating a previous item, there is "nothing going on" with the Wolves making a trade, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

Just moments ago, a very credible report came from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer saying a "major deal" was being discussed between the Wolves and Blazers. Who said NBA August was boring?
Aug 22 - 12:12 AM

The Blazers and Wolves are working on a "major deal," according to Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.

It is likely due to move some cap space and perhaps it's the Blazers giving up the better players. It's hard to guess which players will be in the deal. For what it's worth -- it's not much -- Bonnell did a story on Gerald Henderson today. We'll be looking for an update tomorrow.
Aug 22 - 12:02 AM

Gorgui Dieng scored 26 points with 15 boards against Morocco on Thursday.

He put up a 32-point, 10-board game on Aug. 15 and is cleaning up in Afrobasket. While everyone is in love with Karl-Anthony Towns, Dieng is a bit of a forgotten man. Even if he does come off the bench, he's still worth a pick around 100.
Aug 21 - 9:16 PM

Shabazz Muhammad lost 30 pounds since the start of July.

If true, wow. Muhammad isn't the fittest of players, so this is really nice to see. He's expected to play more small forward than last year, but he's not in a favorable position like he was last year. He's only a target in deep leagues.
Aug 21 - 4:11 PM

According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio (ankle) is expected to be 100 percent for training camp.

Rubio was spotted shooting around with some kids during his trip to the Philippines, so things are starting are to look up for the Spaniard. He played in just 22 games for the Wolves last season, but he has spent the offseason strengthening his ankle and appears to be ready to take the court on opening night. Rubio still needs to work on his jumper and his health is a concern, so he will be a risky pick in the middle rounds.
Aug 21 - 10:00 AM


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