Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Andrew Wiggins is expected to sign his five-year, $148 million extension with the Timberwolves before training camp begins on Saturday.

This deal has been rumored to be in the works for the past month, but was put on hold when Wiggins fired his agent, Bill Duffy. As for fantasy hoops, Wiggins can be a nice source of points, but his limited contributions to the other statistical categories really limits his upside. Maybe he'll learn how to become more of a complete player under Jimmy Butler's tutelage, but we'd still recommend waiting until the later rounds before making a move on Wiggins.
Sep 18 - 5:51 PM

Shabazz Muhammad will re-sign with the Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

There were some rumors floating around that the Lakers were interested in bringing on Muhammad, but ultimately he decided to re-up with the team that drafted him. Muhammad averaged 9.9 points and not much else in 19.4 minutes per contest with the Wolves last season, and he should have a similar workload during his 2017-18 campaign. There's not much here in terms of fantasy hoops.
Sep 12 - 3:05 PM

The Lakers reportedly remain interested in free agent Shabazz Muhammad.

We heard late last month that Los Angeles was keeping tabs on Muhammad, who is one of the best players still available on the open market. New Lakers GM Rob Pelinka previously served as Muhammad's agent, so there is a connection. It appears that Muhammad will likely choose between returning to the Timberwolves or heading to Los Angeles. Either way, he won't have much fantasy value heading into next season.
Sep 12 - 9:22 AM

According to Wolves reporter Darren Wolfson, there is "slightly growing optimism" that Minnesota will be able to re-sign Shabazz Muhammad.

The Wolves only have 11 players under contract, but barring a roster move, they can only offer a minimum contract. Muhammad has also drawn interest from the Lakers, but they are unlikely to offer him anything more than a one-year deal because they are trying to keep their books clear for free agency in 2018 when LeBron James and Paul George hit the market. If Muhammad re-signs in Minnesota, his fantasy value would be very limited.
Sep 11 - 12:12 PM

Gorgui Dieng scored 16 points with three 3-pointers against South Africa on Friday.

With coach Tom Thibodeau getting the band back together and adding Taj Gibson, it's possible Dieng loses some playing time. Dieng played 81.4 percent of his minutes next to Karl-Anthony Towns last season, so that percentage figures to drop. His game is one of the most fantasy-friendly ones you can find among non-stars, so he's still worth a look in later middle rounds.
Sep 8 - 6:11 PM

Coach Tom Thibodeau said that he is hopeful Justin Patton (foot) will be ready for the regular-season opener.

Patton, the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot when he slipped on a wet spot during his first workout in Minnesota. Thibodeau said it was the first injury of Patton's career. He hasn't done much intense rehab work yet, but hopefully will be able to ramp it up next month. Patton can be ignored in fantasy leagues until he shows he ready to play.
Sep 2 - 10:14 AM

The Timberwolves have signed F Amile Jefferson to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract.

Jefferson averaged 10.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.9 blocks in 29.7 minutes at Duke last season. The Wolves currently have a few open roster spots, so Jefferson may have a shot to make the final 15-man roster. However, assuming Minnesota signs a couple more veterans prior to the start of training camp, Jefferson will likely spend most of the season in the G-League.
Sep 1 - 11:24 AM

Shabazz Muhammad is considering joining the Lakers, according to beat reporter Eric Pincus.

General manager Rob Pelinka was his former agent before his new role, so maybe that helps the Lakers sway 'Bazz. This report adds the Lakers are also considering other options to add to their roster. Plus, Muhammad also played his college ball at nearby UCLA, which helped him go 14th in the draft.
Aug 31 - 9:33 PM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) has not yet been fully cleared by doctors, but is "getting closer."

Bjelica suffered a navicular bone fracture to his left foot in March. Coach Thibodeau told reporters that Bjelica is "coming along well" and that he is shooting, running and doing drills on the court. Bjelica showed promise last season, but with the Wolves signing Taj Gibson to expensive two-year contract this summer, Bjelica may see his minutes reduced in 2017-18, even if he is fully healthy by the start of the season.
Aug 29 - 9:49 AM

Head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that the Timberwolves are talking to Shabazz Muhammad about potentially returning to Minnesota.

The Wolves currently have only 11 players under contract for next season, which means they have four roster spots to fill. Muhammad, who spent the first four years of his career in Minnesota, is one of the more attractive free agents still on the market. He's averaged 10.8 points, on 47.7 percent shooting, and 3.2 rebounds over the last three seasons. "Bazz has a great relationship with a number of players on the team," said Thibodeau. "I know they would like to have him back. He’s got to make a decision shortly."
Aug 29 - 9:32 AM

Andrew Wiggins fired his agent Bill Duffy on Tuesday after Duffy negotiated a five-year, $148 million extension for his former client.

It's unclear exactly when Wiggins will sign this five-year extension with Minnesota, but it sounds like he fired Duffy because he was lured away by other agencies offering him no commission fees on contracts. "We are disappointed that Andrew made this decision," Duffy said. "Unfortunately, tampering is a common problem in our industry, and that's part of the reason why I've already been in contact with the NBPA to discuss my rights in this matter."
Source: ESPN
Aug 23 - 12:24 PM

The Wolves are trying to convince Shabazz Muhammad to re-sign with them.

The most the Wolves can offer is the minimum, so they are at a disadvantage compared to a number of other teams. Muhammad is 24 years old and could still get better, but his scoring and playing time have decreased in each of the last two seasons.
Aug 12 - 10:29 PM

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, guard Marcus Georges-Hunt has agreed to a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Georges-Hunt played well in the D-League last season, averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He also played briefly for both the Heat and Magic in 2017. It is currently unknown if his contract with the Wolves is guaranteed. Even if he is on the opening night roster, it is highly unlikely he will crack the rotation in Minnesota. Thus, he can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Aug 8 - 10:27 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor said he's going to sign Andrew Wiggins to a max deal in the near future.

The Wolves have been linked to Kyrie Irving, but Taylor also confirmed that Wiggins isn't going anywhere. The deadline for a rookie extension isn't until Oct. 16, but it sounds like the two sides are already finalizing the details of a five-year deal worth roughly $150 million. Wiggins is an elite scorer with 23.6 points per game in 2016-17, but he will need to become more versatile to take the next step as a fantasy player -- he averaged just 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.3 treys in over 37 minutes per game.
Aug 7 - 11:39 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns said the Wolves have made great moves this summer and that he's "very fortunate" to be with such a "great franchise."

Towns is eligible for a contract extension next summer, so Wolves fans should be thrilled that KAT is happy with the direction of the franchise. "I think we are building a team that has a great sense of what it wants to be, and also adding players who ooze greatness and ooze winning, it’s just something that is contagious," he said. KAT is only scratching the surface of his potential at the age of 21 and has yet to miss an NBA game, so you could make a strong case for taking him with the No. 1 pick in standard 9-cat leagues.
Aug 6 - 9:11 AM


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