Player News - Timberwolves

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Tom Thibodeau said that Nemanja Bjelica has had "two solid days" in a row at camp and that he's "doing great" in his recovery a fractured left foot.

Bjelica's 2016-17 season came to an end in mid-March when he fractured the navicular bone in his left foot, but it sounds like he could be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season. Thibs hinted back in June that Bjelica would be an important piece for the Timberwolves, but that was prior to the club bringing in Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. With those additions, it'll be tough for Bjelica to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 24 - 5:51 PM

Justin Patton (foot) said he's getting to the last stages of rehab.

He broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot back in July, and while he may be limited at the start of camp, it sounds like he has a chance to be ready for the opener. "Right now I’m just staying the course and trying to win each day. ... Actually, I feel like this is kind of a blessing," Patton said. "I’ve been able to get a lot stronger with my upper body, which a lot of people know I need." The 16th pick in the draft is looking at a handful of minutes at best behind durable superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and isn't on the radar in standard leagues.
Sep 24 - 11:34 AM

Nemanja Bjelica (foot) said he is optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

Bjelica fractured a bone in his left foot in back in March. Coach Thibs said that Bjelica has been able to participate in non-contact drills and is "getting close," but has not yet been fully cleared by the team's medical staff. Even after he is fully healthy, Bjelica will have a tough time carving out consistent minutes given the additions to the Wolves frontcourt this summer. Minnesota traded for Jimmy Butler, signed Taj Gibson and re-signed Shabazz Muhammad.
Sep 22 - 1:50 PM

Andrew Wiggins said he has added weight and will focus on rebounding next season.

Wiggins averaged 4.0 rebounds in 37.2 minutes per game last season. As a rookie back in 2014-15, he averaged 4.6 boards, while playing 36.2 minutes a night. Coach Tom Thibodeau has also stated he wants Wiggins to be more aggressive on the glass. If Wiggy can pull down five-plus boards per game, that would give his overall fantasy value a boost.
Sep 22 - 12:45 PM

The Timberwolves have signed G Aaron Brooks.

The Wolves will be Brooks' seventh NBA team. Last season he appeared in 65 games and averaged 5.0 points and 1.9 assists in 13.8 minutes per contest for the Pacers. Brooks is not on the fantasy radar.
Sep 22 - 9:22 AM

The Wolves are expected to add Aaron Brooks for training camp.

He has a Tom Thibodeau connection for one season and remains unsigned. Brooks is 32 years old and played 13.8 minutes per game during his 65 outings with the Pacers last season.
Sep 21 - 3:28 PM

Andrew Wiggins is progressing toward a five-year, $148 million maximum extension according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The Wolves have been saying since July that they will give Wiggins his max deal and Shams Charania adds that he's expected to sign soon. The deal wouldn't kick in until 2018-19 and will keep him under contract through the 2022-23 season. Wiggins is more of a one-trick pony in fantasy for his scoring ability, but he should only improve his all-around game in his age-23 season. Being able to learn from Jimmy Butler could be huge as well.
Sep 21 - 12:22 PM

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

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