Player News - Timberwolves

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Tom Thibodeau suggested that Shabazz Muhammad could earn minutes at shooting guard, small forward and power forward this season.

"He’s a terrific athlete," Thibodeau said. "He’s strong. There’s no reason why he can’t be a great defender." Defense was Muhammad's main focus during the offseason, and he feels that he's already "gotten way smarter on defense" after a few days of training camp with Thibs. Even if Muhammad does earn minutes at multiple positions, he's a dubious standard-league asset while the Wolves are healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 28 - 8:49 PM

Shabazz Muhammad said he's planning on logging more minutes at power forward this upcoming season.

Tom Thibodeau said he likes the "versatility" he has at the power forward position, as he could go small with either Andrew Wiggins or Muhammad, although it's still tough to see Muhammad earning much more than 20 minutes a night while the team is at full strength. Yes, Muhammad is entering a contract season, but he's just not a very attractive fantasy target given that his only real skill set is scoring.
Sep 28 - 3:17 PM

Zach LaVine said that he worked his "butt off to become a starter" in the NBA.

LaVine forced himself into the starting lineup last year, and had a strong finish after the All-Star break pumping in averages of 17.8 points, 2.4 treys, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game, which was good enough for mid-round value in standard leagues. Tom Thibodeau hasn't yet committed to LaVine as a full-time starter, and there's been talk of Kris Dunn perhaps starting alongside Ricky Rubio, so it'll be interesting to see how this works itself out over training camp. Whether he's coming off the bench of starting, LaVine should flirt with minutes in the 30s and is worth a mid-round pick on draft day.
Sep 27 - 3:23 PM

Ricky Rubio said he wants to be part of what the Timberwolves are doing.

Trade rumors have been surrounding Rubio since the Wolves drafted Kris Dunn, but Rubio said his summer comments about wanting to play for a winner don't mean that he wants to be traded. "I didn’t say I wanted to get traded," Rubio said. "I want to play with a winner. I think we have the right mentality. It’s changing." While Rubio's shooting numbers leave something to be desired, he's still one of the better fantasy point guards out there.
Sep 27 - 10:15 AM

Andrew Wiggins said he's worked on his hand position on the ball, his release motion and his balance for his shooting.

Perhaps no player is under more pressure to hit treys than Andrew Wiggins. Although, he gave his fans a glimmer of hope after the break last year, making 41.3 percent of his 63 attempts -- small sample size, though. Wiggins also only started 38 games at small forward last year, which figures to be his only starting spot this season. While we'd like to see more defensive stats out of Wiggins, he's still a decent pick in the fifth or sixth rounds of drafts.
Sep 26 - 5:02 PM

Kris Dunn said he's comfortable playing on or off the ball.

This was pretty obvious at Summer League. Dunn even started at shooting guard in Las Vegas and really took it to the competition. There was some talk from coach Tom Thibodeau of Dunn even starting over Zach LaVine, but that would be a big surprise. The biggest question regarding Dunn is if the Wolves give Tyus Jones any minutes at all. If not, Dunn could get minutes in the upper 20s out of the gate. He's a very nice late-round pick with big upside.
Sep 26 - 3:45 PM

The Timberwolves officially announced that Nikola Pekovic (right ankle) will not play during the 2016-17 season.

Previous reports suggested that it is "highly doubtful" Pekovic will play again in the NBA due to his chronic ankle injuries. Insurance will cover his salary for this season, and the Wolves will likely negotiate a buyout for the $11.6 million he's owed in the final year of his deal in 2017-18. Minnesota signed free agents Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill this summer, improving their depth despite the loss of both Pekovic and Kevin Garnett.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 25 - 10:15 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau recently praised Nemanja Bjelica's playmaking ability and "very unique skill set."

"I’m excited about [Bjelica]," Thibodeau said. "He’s had a great summer. He’s in really good shape. He can shoot the three, he can put it on the floor. The one thing that is probably overlooked is his playmaking ability. You can run pick-and-roll with him. He’s got great vision, he can pass over people." He's worth monitoring closely, but Bjelica faces serious competition for minutes on a roster that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad.
Sep 25 - 9:45 PM

Tom Thibodeau didn't rule out starting Kris Dunn alongside Ricky Rubio this season.

"We’re going to get a lot of those questions answered in the preseason," he said. "I like guys who can play multiple positions, I like different combinations. There are times when you play two point guards together. I did that a lot in Chicago, just the speed of the game changes." Dunn could start the season as a reserve behind Rubio and Zach LaVine, but we'll have a better feel for the rotations once training camp gets underway.
Sep 25 - 9:41 PM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau hasn't committed to starting Zach LaVine.

When asked whether LaVine will start or come off the bench, Thibodeau replied, "I don't know yet. I want to see how things unfold in practice. I have an idea of who we’ll start off with. But that doesn’t mean it stays that way." LaVine took off after the All-Star break, including March averages of 17.8 points on 49.8 percent shooting, 2.4 threes, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals. He's likely to earn heavy minutes no matter where he begins games, and is a popular target in the middle rounds.
Sep 25 - 9:37 PM

Cole Aldrich has "figured out who he is" as a basketball player, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

"The last two years have been very good for [Aldrich]," Thibodeau said. "He fits in well, plays to his strengths, covers up his weaknesses, makes the team function well. And [Jordan Hill] has been a very good player in this league. That gives us quality depth up front." It's doubtful that Aldrich or Hill will have standard-league appeal while the Wolves are healthy, but they'll be popular targets if injuries strike the Wolves' frontcourt.
Sep 25 - 9:24 PM

Nikola Pekovic (foot) is "highly doubtful" to play again in the NBA, according to the AP's Jon Krawczynski.

This report also confirmed Pekovic will not play this season, and insurance will cover the Wolves on Pek's contract. He has one year and about $12 million left on his deal, so there might be some sort of buyout agreement. He's 30 years old and has played just 43 games combined in the last two seasons.
Sep 23 - 11:56 PM

Kevin Garnett officially announced his retirement from the NBA on Friday.

No. 21 is done after 21 seasons and proved to us all anything is possible. He revolutionized the position at power forward and was one of the best defenders ever during his prime. Over his career, he averaged 17.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals per game. Garnett also has 12 All-Defensive Team nods and 15 All-Star selections to go with his MVP in 2004 and championship in 2008. There is no press conference scheduled at the time of this announcement.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 23 - 6:38 PM

Owner Glen Taylor said Nikola Pekovic (foot) will not play for the Wolves this season and the team may buy him out.

This isn't surprising to hear as the Tom Thibodeau era takes over. Pekovic just can't stay healthy anymore and it's already been announced he won't be ready to start camp. If he's bought out, another team might pick him up as a third center.
Sep 23 - 4:15 PM

Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves came to a buyout agreement Friday and a retirement announcement from Garnett is expected shortly, according to Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.

The 40-year-old is a no-brainer Hall of Fame player and will join Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan as arguably the best class ever. Garnett will end his career ranking 17th on the all-time scoring list, 10th on the all-time rebounds list and among the elite for the other stats among big men. On top of his MVP in 2003-04 and championship in 2008, KG is one of a kind for his energy and emotion. His retirement announcement will be must-see TV.
Sep 23 - 4:00 PM


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