Player News - Timberwolves

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Timberwolves GM Milt Newton wouldn't classify talks with Ricky Rubio's agent as negotiations, but stated that the two sides are "in constant contact."

If the Wolves are unable to extend Rubio by the end of October, Rubio will become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. Newton maintained that the two sides are apart from a numbers standpoint, stating: "until the right number comes up, I guess we’ll continue to talk," but he remains optimistic that they'll be able to get a deal done before the deadline. Rubio is a guy who can rack up the assists and steals, but his abysmal shooting (36.8 percent career field goal percentage) leaves something to be desired. He's an early-mid round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 3:47 PM

The Wolves may try to send Kevin Martin to the Bulls in a trade.

To be clear, there's very little chance this deal goes down. It's rumored to be Tony Snell, a second-round pick and the expiring contract of Mike Dunleavy. Martin still hasn't shown up yet for workouts with the Wolves as of Friday morning, but should arrive soon. He's a risky selection in the last few rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 9:42 AM

The Wizards do not appear interested in trading for J.J. Barea.

The Wolves have been trying to dump Barea's contract for over a year now and are very unlikely to get any takers. He's likely to be bought out, especially with the Wolves currently at 16 guaranteed contracts.
Sep 19 - 9:26 AM

Minnesota Timberwolves general manager Milt Newton is optimistic about the team's ability to extend Ricky Rubio's contract.

While Newton sounded optimistic about keeping Rubio from being a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, he also added that he and Ricky Rubio's agents don't currently agree on dollar figures. Rubio averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 2.3 steals during the 2013-14 season, but should see his fantasy value take a bit of a hit with Kevin Love now playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sep 18 - 1:14 PM

Kyrylo Fesenko will be at Minnesota's training camp after signing a camp contract with the team.

Fesenko is still just 27 years old, but hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season during which he played three games with Indiana. Fesenko owns career averages of 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent even if he makes the Timberwolves' roster.
Sep 18 - 12:41 PM

Coach Flip Saunders was non-committal when asked about Andrew Wiggins starting.

He's expected to start and push Corey Brewer to the bench. The Wolves don't really have much scoring in their starting lineup, so they will need someone like Wiggins. He's a risky mid-round fantasy pick with upside.
Sep 17 - 8:58 PM

The Timberwolves hope to trade J.J. Barea but they're open to buying out his contract prior to the start of the season.

The Wolves have 16 guaranteed contracts so they'll need to unload at least one player, and Barea seems like the odd-man out on Minnesota's rebuilt roster. They're doubtful to find any takers for his $4.5 million expiring contract, making a buyout much more likely.
Sep 16 - 4:47 PM

The Wolves have officially signed rookie F Glenn Robinson III.

Robinson was drafted No. 40 overall this summer and his signing means that Minnesota is over the limit with 16 guaranteed contracts. He's unlikely to help fantasy owners given the Wolves' solid depth at SF, and he may spend some time developing with the D-League's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Sep 16 - 4:44 PM

Andrew Wiggins is expected to work out with the Wolves later this week.

The Wolves already have Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Zach LaVine and Robbie Hummel working out, and all of them could be fighting for minutes with Wiggins. The No. 1 pick of the 2014 draft is expected to start and serves as a risky pick in the middle of fantasy drafts.
Sep 15 - 11:27 AM

Nikola Pekovic is expected to play 27 minutes per game this season.

That sounds about right and it would be down from his 31 per game last season. Pekovic has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons and the team will give Gorgui Dieng more minutes as the backup center. Pek's numbers haven't translated to fantasy very well, so he's only a borderline pick at the end of standard fantasy drafts.
Sep 15 - 11:21 AM

Ricky Rubio said that he never tried to talk Kevin Love out of asking for a trade.

"If he wanted to leave, there's no reason to talk to him about it," Rubio said. "I really liked playing with him, but I'll play with the players who want to be there." The Wolves are going to be hungry for offense this season and Rubio may have to take more shots, which is something he doesn't usually do. The loss of Love may hurt his fantasy value.
Sep 15 - 9:16 AM

Ricky Rubio struggled against in Spain's World Cup loss to France, going 1-of-7 from the floor.

The trio of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Rubio combined to go 3-of-21 from the floor, resulting from Spain being eliminated by France in shocking fashion. Rubio struggling with his shot is not news to Timberwolves fans, but the young point guard failed to have any tangible impact on the game. His final stat line for the loss to Spain was four points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one turnover.
Sep 10 - 7:01 PM

Anthony Bennett said he's looking forward to a new start with the Timberwolves,

He added he was able to play well at summer league because he had a free mind. Bennett had surgery to correct his sleep apnea, which may help his respiratory problems. He'll be coming off the bench and the Wolves won't be playing him at center, so he's only a target in deep leagues for now.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 8 - 1:40 PM

Gorgui Dieng's FIBA World Cup ended on a low note vs. Spain, making just 1-of-9 from the field for six points with seven boards, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

He had a +/- of -28 in just 27 minutes, so needless to say Spain shut him down. Dieng was rolling in his first three FIBA games with an average of 22.0 points per game, but he dropped to just 10.0 in his final three. He's going to get the vast majority of his minutes with the Wolves as a backup center, so his prospective fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be quite as good as he was down the stretch last season.
Sep 6 - 6:25 PM

Ricky Rubio filled the stat sheet in an easy win over Senegal on Saturday with seven points, five boards, six assists, five steals and one block on 2-of-4 from the field.

He did all of this damage in just 20.5 minutes. Rubio has been an absolute thief in FIBA with his 3.7 steals per game and he's had two or fewer turnovers in five of his six games. He's been very adept with steals in his NBA career, but he's yet to come around on offense. Fantasy owners will want to take into account how bad he'll be from the field with less help around him.
Sep 6 - 6:07 PM


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