Player News - Timberwolves

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Ricky Rubio (personal) is away from the team and will not play against the Nuggets on Sunday.

It's been a very eventful week and hopefully his personal stuff is nothing serious. As far as basketball goes, Rubio hurt his hip on Thursday and did not return, and he also popped up in a very credible trade rumor for Reggie Jackson from ESPN. With him out, it'll likely be Tyus Jones and Kris Dunn splitting the minutes. Jones makes more sense because he's playing better and is a better scorer. Rubio is expected to be back on Monday.
Jan 21 - 2:14 PM

Shabazz Muhammad could be involved in a potential trade between the Wolves and Pistons.

The two teams are discussing a potential PG swap of Reggie Jackson for Ricky Rubio, but ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the deal could involve other players such as Muhammad. We'd have to know what other pieces are involved before speculating on Muhammad's potential value in Detroit, but he doesn't have much upside and isn't worth stashing in most leagues. To be clear, a deal isn't imminent.
Jan 20 - 8:51 PM

Minnesota and Detroit have discussed a point guard swap of Ricky Rubio and Reggie Jackson, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes and Marc Stein.

It's certainly a curious move for the Wolves. Rubio is starting to play a lot better these days and their young guards were outstanding on Thursday night. We'll let you know of any other additional reports, but this is further confirmation of the Wolves looking to deal Ricky.
Jan 20 - 8:41 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Thursday's 104-101 win against the Clippers.

Wiggins has struggled this month, so watching him have a big night was refreshing. His lack of peripheral stats can be frustrating for fantasy owners, but on nights like tonight, his scoring makes up for it. He did grab a crucial rebound late in the game, which put him on the free throw line where he was able close the game out. Minnesota will face off against the Nuggets on Sunday, a team that Wiggins has scored 25 points against in each game this season.
Jan 20 - 1:52 AM

Zach LaVine hit 3-of-13 shots for nine points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's win over the Clippers.

LaVine is averaging just 15.3 points per game in January compared to his 20.1 points per game this season. It has been a rocky month nonetheless, but his next matchup is one that favors him, as the Nuggets are giving up the most fantasy points per game to opposing shooting guards, making this a great bounce back spot. Fantasy owners should deploy him as per usual.
Jan 20 - 1:48 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns scores a team-high 37 points with 12 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday's 104-101 win against the Clippers

It was business as usual for Towns, who recorded his 32nd double-double of the season and led his team to a comeback victory with his valiant effort. He completely dominated DeAndre Jordan who had no answer for him. Towns is playing at an elite level right now, averaging 26.8 points, 14.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals, and 2.8 assists per game in his last five. If he continues at this pace, he will finish the season as a first-round player.
Jan 20 - 1:42 AM

Kris Dunn scored five points with four assists, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 25 minutes on Thursday against the Clippers.

Dunn started in place of the injured Ricky Rubio (hip) in the second half of tonight’s game. However, Tyus Jones started at point guard in the fourth quarter and finished with four points, four assists, and one 3-pointer in 12 minutes. Both of them were on the court to close out the game. If Rubio misses any time, Dunn and Jones would get a boost in playing time. In games where Dunn has played at least 24 minutes this season, he has averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.2 points, and 3.0 steals per game. He will not light up the score board, but he is a great source of steals.
Jan 20 - 1:37 AM

Ricky Rubio didn't play in the second half of Thursday's game against the Clippers with tightness in his hip and Kris Dunn started the third quarter in his place.

Rubio finished with zero points on 0-for-3 shooting with four rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 17 minutes. The injury doesn't sound terribly serious, but owners will obviously want to watch for news on Rubio going forward. This is a potentially tough break, as he was playing very well over the last couple weeks, and Dunn and Tyus Jones would benefit if he's going to miss time.
Jan 19 - 11:58 PM

Gorgui Dieng racked up 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks against the Spurs on Tuesday.

He only played 29 minutes because coach Tom Thibodeau is starting to have more trust in Nemanja Bjelica due to his ability to stretch the floor late in games. However, Dieng is still producing at a high level and was coming off a 21-point game on Sunday. The presence of Bjelica is annoying, but Dieng's owners shouldn't be too concerned.
Jan 17 - 11:58 PM

Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points in 23 minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, adding four rebounds and two triples.

A report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical indicated that the Wolves are looking to include Muhammad in a package deal with Ricky Rubio, so he could be on his way to a new city before the Feb. 23 trade deadline. Considering coach Tom Thibodeau likes to give all his starters 30+ minutes a night, a move away from Minnesota might not be a bad thing. With that said, Muhammad is just a pure scorer and has very little upside in standard leagues.
Jan 17 - 11:51 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

Towns has made an effort to find his shot earlier in games and it's paying dividends, as he's averaging 11.4 points in the first quarter of his last five games. "Just wanted to do what I can to get us W’s and make it as easy as I can for us as a whole to try to get wins," Towns said. "I felt that me being more aggressive in the first quarter would help us a little more, and I’m glad that it’s been working so far. I’ll keep riding the train." If he keeps this up, Towns should be a top-10 option the rest of the way.
Jan 17 - 11:48 PM

Ricky Rubio scored 21 points on 4-of-9 shooting with 14 assists in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs, adding two rebounds, two steals and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

He set new career highs in free throws made (13) and attempted (14), so that's not a bad way to respond to the trade rumors. The Wolves are actively shopping Rubio according to The Vertical and the Kings are a rumored destination, but that would actually be a decent spot for him in terms of fantasy value. His owners should sit tight until we learn more, but it sounds like there's a decent chance that he's moved before the Feb. 23 deadline. There are a lot of teams in need of an upgrade at the point, so there's no need to panic if you own him.
Jan 17 - 11:37 PM

The Timberwolves reportedly view Kris Dunn as their long-term starting point guard.

The Vertical broke news on Tuesday that Minnesota is actively shopping Ricky Rubio with the intent of being able to eventually turn over the reins to Dunn, so it’s highly likely that the rookie will be unleashed towards the end of the year. That being said, Dunn has a shaky jumper (37.8 percent shooting) and is not capable of consistently hitting the 3-point shot (0.4), so those two things will likely keep his value in check even when he's getting 30 minutes a night. Still, his upside in steals and assists makes him a reasonable guy to stash in deep leagues.
Jan 17 - 4:59 PM

The Timberwolves are reportedly actively shopping Ricky Rubio.

The Wolves are reportedly trying to package Rubio and Shabazz Muhammad in order to bring in another guard that would initially start, but eventually, accept a backup role behind Minnesota's No. 5 overall pick Kris Dunn. Thus far the Kings have been the only team to express strong interest in acquiring Rubio, but the Wolves don't like what they can offer, and there's reportedly no traction between those two clubs on the trade front. It's tough to predict what Rubio's outlook will look like on another team, but this report firmly puts Dunn on the radar as a quality deep league stash.
Jan 17 - 4:48 PM

After missing Monday's practice, Gorgui Dieng (illness) was back at practice on Tuesday.

Dieng is expected to be ready to roll on Tuesday night when the Wolves play the Spurs. Dieng is coming off one of his best games of the season, when he lit up the Mavs for a season high-21 points on 10-of-12 shooting and eight rebounds on Sunday.
Jan 17 - 12:57 PM


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