Player News - Timberwolves

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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

Gorgui Dieng scored a season high-21 points on 10-of-12 shooting during Sunday's 98-87 loss to the Mavericks, adding eight rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

Dieng was en fuego on the offensive end, as he regularly abused Dirk Nowitzki on his post ups. This was a nice bounce-back game after Friday's four-point, 1-of-10 shooting disaster, and while owners shouldn't expect this sort of offensive output on most nights, Dieng's steady stream of defensive statistics with solid shooting percentages has his him churning out steady mid-round value on the year.
Jan 15 - 5:02 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

Over the past few weeks, Towns has crept into the first-round equation with averages of 22.3 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.9 dimes, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 91.4 percent shooting from the stripe. He should be able to finish the second half of the season as a first-round stud.
Jan 15 - 4:36 PM

Brandon Rush returned to the bench with Zach LaVine (hip) back in action on Sunday, missing his only shot attempt and failing to record a single statistic in his three minutes of playing time.

Rush did a nice job filling in for LaVine as Minnesota’s starting two-guard over the past two games, but it’s going to be tough for him to get enough minutes to matter on most nights while LaVine is healthy. If you swooped Rush up for his short-term appeal sans LaVine, now would be the time to send him back to the wire.
Jan 15 - 4:32 PM

Zach LaVine (hip) scored 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting in his return from a two-game absence on Sunday, adding three 3-pointers, five boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

LaVine looked a bit rusty out there, and he didn't connect on any of his attempts from inside the arc, but the heavy minutes would suggest that he'll be just fine for Tuesday's game in San Antonio. LaVine popped off for 25 points with four triples in his last game against the Spurs, so his owners can expect a bounce-back performance.
Jan 15 - 4:21 PM

Ricky Rubio went 2-of-9 from the field and 4-of-6 from the stripe during Sunday's loss to the Mavs, ending his evening with eight points, 10 assists, five boards, two steals and four turnovers.

After a slow start to the season, Rubio has been steadily climbing up the rankings and over the past month he's emerged as a third-round stud in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 8.4 points, 9.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.5 turnovers per game on 39.2 percent shooting. This was also his fourth straight game handing out at least 10 assists, so he's rolling right now.
Jan 15 - 4:16 PM

Zach LaVine (hip) is active for Sunday's game vs. the Mavericks.

He will be returning from a two-game absence, but there's no word of any restrictions. LaVine made it though warmups just fine and is safe to deploy in season-long leagues. We'll let you know how he looks after the game. Brandon Rush will return to the bench.
Jan 15 - 1:05 PM

Zach LaVine (hip) is a game-time call vs. the Mavericks on Sunday.

He's going to go through warmups and will play if his hip feels good according to coach Tom Thibodeau. If LaVine is able to return from a two-game absence, Brandon Rush will shift back to the bench. LaVine was also a game-time on Friday vs. the Thunder, so don't consider him as a lock to play.
Jan 15 - 12:41 PM

Zach LaVine (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Mavs.

LaVine has missed each of the Wolves last two games, but appears to be inching closer to a return. Brandon Rush has started in place of LaVine and has played surprisingly well. Rush scored 12 points on Wednesday and then backed that up with 11 points and four rebounds in a team-high 40 minutes on Friday. Still, Rush would be a risky DFS punt on Sunday, even if LaVine does not play.
Jan 14 - 2:11 PM


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