Player News - Timberwolves

Date: Team: Pos:

Nikola Pekovic will reportedly be the new president of Partizan Belgrade.

He played there before he came to the NBA, but it's an interesting move to say the least. Until we hear otherwise, Pekovic is fully expected to keep playing with the Wolves. However, he still doesn't have a timetable to return from the ankle surgery that he had back in April, so there is no reason to target him in fantasy leagues.
Sep 4 - 11:11 AM

Wolves general manager Milt Newton said the Ricky Rubio trade rumors made him laugh.

Newton probably wouldn't admit that he has explored the possibility of dealing Rubio because that would decrease his leverage in talks, so take his comments with a grain of salt. The good news is that Rubio's ankle is progressing well and he has been fully cleared to play, so expect to see him active at training camp. Regardless of what happens with the Spaniard, his injury history and lack of a jump shot makes him a risky mid-round pick.
Source: KSTP
Sep 4 - 10:10 AM

The Wolves want Andrew Wiggins to be more "instinctive" on offense this season.

Basically, the Wolves don't want to have to call plays in order to get Wiggins involved, as they want him to be assertive and command the ball on his own. Wiggins is going to have a lot of hype in fantasy drafts after easily winning the Rookie of the Year Award last season, so he could be overvalued. Wiggins will need to develop a reliable 3-point shot after shooting just 31 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie, so there is no need to reach for him before the middle rounds.
Source: KSTP
Sep 4 - 9:57 AM

Wolves general manager Milt Newton said that Nikola Pekovic still isn't able to do any basketball activities yet, but he did say that his body hasn't felt this good in years.

Pekovic is still recovering from ankle surgery, and he still doesn't have a timetable to return. The Wolves aren't exactly in win-now mode, so expect them to be very cautious with his rehab. Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng are going to command a lot of minutes this season and we already know that Pekovic can't handle a significant workload, so fantasy owners will want to look the other way this season.
Source: KSTP
Sep 4 - 9:37 AM

Tyus Jones has already been in contact with Andre Miller and is looking forward to learning from him.

Additionally, Jones reportedly looks a lot stronger than he did at the Vegas Summer League. There have been several trade rumors surrounding starting PG Ricky Rubio for a while now, so owners in deeper leagues should already be thinking ahead. Miller will likely handle the backup PG duties right out of the gate, but it's safe to say that the Wolves will give Jones a chance to play some minutes this season since the playoffs will be hard to reach with such a young squad. Jones isn't worth drafting right now, but he could emerge as an intriguing asset if Rubio and the Wolves part ways.
Sep 4 - 9:16 AM

The Timberwolves are reportedly looking to trade Ricky Rubio, according to Gigantes Del Basket and the Boston Globe's Gary Washburn.

While there doesn't seem to be an imminent move here, it sounds as if the Wolves are gauging the market to see what they can get for the 24-year-old. Rubio is scheduled to be ready for training camp after undergoing ankle surgery in April, but he'll be a risky mid-round selection in fantasy drafts no matter where he lands.
Sep 3 - 10:46 AM

Nikola Pekovic has yet to go through any basketball activities since undergoing ankle surgery in April.

Pekovic only managed to make it through 31 games last season, putting up averages of 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 42.4 percent shooting from the field. He'll be joining a crowded frontcourt rotation next season featuring Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, and given his extensive injury history, head coach Flip Saunders will likely do the best he can to limit his minutes by bringing him off the bench. Spending a draft pick on Pek would be a waste in most leagues.

Ricky Rubio (ankle) has been fully cleared to play, but has yet to go through any full contact drills.

Rubio underwent ankle surgery back in April, but it appears that he'll enter training camp 100 percent healthy. Still, in Rubio's four-year career he's only managed to stay healthy for one season, and last year he suited up for just 22 games. He can light up the assist category, and pile up steals numbers, but his poor field goal percentage and complete lack of a 3-point shot really limits his upside. Rubio will make for a risky mid-round selection on draft day.
Sep 2 - 1:13 PM

Ricky Rubio said that he's seen Karl-Anthony Towns working out in Minnesota this summer, and that he was impressed with Towns' shooting range.

"I have seen [Towns] working out this summer in Minnesota," said Rubio. "I can tell he is a great player and not just like a big centre, he can really shoot the ball, he can play in the pick-and-pop and he is really going to surprise some people." If head coach Flip Saunders allows it, Towns has the potential to develop into a legitimate threat from beyond the arc. Add that to the fact that he's an above-average shot blocker, and it's easy to see why he'll likely cost you a mid-round selection on draft day.
Source: Gulf News
Sep 2 - 9:33 AM

Ricky Rubio said that he is confident that he'll remain with the Timberwolves for the upcoming season.

"I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded," said Rubio. "You don’t listen to the rumors. You just live day-by-day and that’s it. They have a lot of talent. I have a little bit more experience than them that I can share. I really can teach them what I learned." Perhaps the Wolves look to move Rubio sometime during the regular-season, but after suiting up for a mere 22 games last season, his value is at an all-time low right now. If Rubio eventually finds himself wearing a different jersey, look for Tyus Jones to assume the starting point guard position in Minnesota.
Source: Gulf News
Sep 2 - 9:26 AM

Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting during Canada's loss to Argentina at the FIBA Americas tournament on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and two turnovers through 30 minutes of action.

Wiggins had a few highlight-reel dunks during the contest, but Canada ultimately came up short. Anthony Bennett also had a nice showing, accumulating 16 points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one block and two turnovers through 21 minutes of action, and Nik Stauskas scored just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. While Wiggins is worth a late-middle round selection on draft day, Stauskas can only be viewed as a late-round flier, and Bennett simply isn't worth drafting.
Sep 1 - 5:37 PM

Anthony Bennett said his recent improved play is due to a newfound confidence.

Bennett was asked about his recent strong play for the Canadian national team and answered that his attitude is making a difference. "[I'm] just playing with confidence, pretty much," the 22-year-old forward responded. "Just going out there, playing defense, running the court. Just doing the little things first and trying to make offense come to me." While Bennett's recent play has been encouraging, he still has a long way to go before he become relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: TSN Canada
Sep 1 - 9:26 AM

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


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