Player News - Timberwolves

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According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Wizards have expressed interest in Shabazz Muhammad.

The Wizards were in hot pursuit of Lou Williams, but he was just traded to the Rockets. The Wizards are looking to upgrade their bench at the deadline and Muhammad has been shopped by the Wolves in the past. The swingman would have a limited role off the bench behind Otto Porter if he was moved to Washington, so there's no stash appeal here. The 24-year-old wing is averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 3-pointers in 19.6 minutes for the Wolves this season.
Feb 21 - 8:17 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.

This is pretty much a regular KAT line even in a game without defense. In his last 12 NBA games, Towns has scored at least 22 points, averaging 28.5 points, 11.5 boards, 2.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.3 treys on 56.2 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. He has been by far the No. 1 player in standard leagues over that stretch. Meow.
Feb 17 - 11:19 PM

Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor says that his team is focused solely on trying to qualify for the postseason.

The Wolves are currently four games behind the Nuggets in the loss column, with four teams in between them and Denver. However, Wolves ownership and front office aren't thinking about the lottery. "We're all of the same mind, to get in, get the experience," said Glen Taylor. "Just the winning of games to try to get there is worth it. Our guys can't see anything positive about losing games. They must win games, and then if we can win enough to get into the playoffs, that in and of itself would be a major step for our young players."
Feb 17 - 10:52 AM

Lance Stephenson (left ankle) could miss about two weeks with his Grade 2 ankle sprain.

His 10-day contract is almost up, so he may not get another one until he's healthy again. Stephenson was only getting a handful of minutes anyways, so his absence won't have a big impact on the rotation. Expect to see more two-PG lineups with Kris Dunn and Tyus Jones getting a slight bump.
Feb 16 - 11:51 AM

Ricky Rubio was held to six points on 1-of-5 shooting vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday, adding five assists, three boards, three steals and four turnovers.

Rubio is now 0-of-6 from deep in his last two games, but he was shooting 42 percent in the 12 games prior to Feb. 14 and coach Tom Thibodeau is encouraging him to keep firing away. "He’s regained confidence and he’s put a lot of work into it," Thibodeau said of Rubio's 3-point shot. "He shoots a lot, he’s comfortable, he’s found a good rhythm, and I think the way teams are playing us right now, it’s the right play." Rubio's value has been on the rise since the new year, but his owners will have to wait anxiously to see what the Wolves do with him at the trade deadline on Feb. 23. For now, expect his value to be safe.
Feb 16 - 12:02 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points with 19 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 39 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

This was KAT's 12th game in a row with 20+ points, but his streak of 36 straight free throws came to an end tonight as he finished 7-of-8 from the line and 8-of-19 from the field. He has 42 double-doubles this campaigh and his "slow" start to the season is behind him, as he's been the top player in standard leagues for the past month.
Feb 15 - 11:53 PM

Kris Dunn played well in 20 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks.

He was better in real life than in fantasy, but gave the Wolves some solid minutes tonight. The Wolves were missing Lance Stephenson (ankle), so we saw more two-PG lineups in this one. Dunn has very little fantasy value right now, but keep a close eye on the Wolves at the deadline as Ricky Rubio is a prime trade candidate.
Feb 15 - 11:45 PM

Andrew Wiggins scored 40 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two treys in Wednesday's 112-99 win over the Nuggets.

He's on some kind of heater right now. Wiggins was shooting 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep in his previous five games, and this performance comes on the heels of a 41-point outing on Tuesday vs. the Cavs. He shot 15-of-26 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line tonight, and he joined Kevin Love as just the second player in Wolves' history to score 40 points in back-to-back to games. This has been the best stretch of his career and he looks poised to have a monster run after the break. Wiggins also put Nikola Jokic on a poster tonight, so check that out in the link below.
Feb 15 - 11:37 PM

Lance Stephenson (left ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

Stephenson is reportedly dealing with a Grade 2 ankle sprain, which is unfortunate given that he's only playing on a 10-day contract. Born Ready may again find himself rehabbing without a contract, and there's just no incentive to own him in any league right now. Brandon Rush, Shabazz Muhammad and Kris Dunn will likely be splitting Stephenson's minutes.
Feb 15 - 2:05 PM

Ricky Rubio hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, but also had eight rebounds, 16 assists and two steals in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers.

Rubio got off to a very slow start this season but has been rolling. He double-doubled in three of his previous four games coming into this one and has hit double digits in assist in 12 of his last 18 games. He's also scored in double digits in six of his eight February games, so congratulations if you hung onto him through the early dark period of his season.
Feb 14 - 10:41 PM

Karl-Anthony Town hit 11-of-19 shots and a 3-pointer for 26 points, eight rebounds, four assists and a block in Tuesday's loss to the Cavaliers.

KAT looked great at times tonight but didn't have one of his monster lines, mainly because the offense ran through Andrew Wiggins. Towns is having a great season after a slow start and could be even better down the stretch.
Feb 14 - 10:36 PM

Andrew Wiggins hit 16-of-29 shots and four 3-pointers for 41 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 41 minutes of Tuesday's 116-108 loss to the Cavaliers.

This was Wiggins' third 40-point game of the season and he scored 20 points in the third quarter alone. When his shot was off tonight he was firing bricks, but he's on fire right now, averaging 31 points on 55 percent shooting over his last five.
Feb 14 - 10:34 PM

Gorgui Dieng had 12 points, 10 rebounds and a 3-pointer in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 116-108 loss to the Cavaliers.

Dieng hasn't exactly been killing it this season, but has been effective and tonight was his second consecutive double-double. He's getting 33 minutes a night and playing well enough to be owned in all leagues, even though he's not setting the league on fire.
Feb 14 - 10:31 PM

Zach LaVine (knee) underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair his torn left ACL.

The Wolves won't provide a timetable until "a later date," but he's not a lock by any means to be ready for the start of next season. There are no great pickups in LaVine's absence. He finishes this season with averages of 18.9 points, 3.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 treys.
Feb 14 - 9:35 PM

Lance Stephenson (ankle) is doubtful to return to Tuesday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

He rolled his left ankle and was down in obvious pain. He needed some help to get back to the locker room and had a noticeable limp. He was only averaging 15.2 minutes per game prior to Tuesday, so there won't be a lot of fantasy implications if he misses time. Brandon Rush and Shabazz Muhammad could get a slight bump if Born Ready can't return.
Feb 14 - 9:12 PM


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