Player News - Timberwolves

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Jimmy Butler didn't play during Sunday's All-Star game.

Butler leads the NBA in minutes per game (37.3) and the Wolves played on Thursday, the most recent day games were played prior to the break. "This Timberwolves season is very, very important to me," Butler said after the game. It sounds like Butler requested that coach Mike D'Antoni leave him out of the rotation, and neither the Wolves nor Butler's fantasy owners will complain that he's getting extra rest.
Feb 18 - 11:28 PM

The Timberwolves would potentially be open to buying out the remainder of Shabazz Muhammad's contract, according to owner Glen Taylor.

Muhammad reportedly was hoping to be waived or traded prior to the deadline. However, he's still with the Wolves. "Shabazz hasn’t gotten out on the floor to play very much, so he’s disappointed," Taylor said. "He would like to get with a team that he could put in more minutes and show his skill-set. We have given the OK that if he finds such a team he can go to and wants to walk away, [he can] get out of our contract." Muhammad is likely stuck in Minnesota unless he wants to give some money back. He should be left on waivers in all fantasy formats.
Feb 16 - 12:08 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns posted his league-leading 51st double-double during 119-111 win over the Lakers on Thursday, making 2-of-9 from the field for 10 points with 19 boards, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes.

The scoring was a major letdown, especially with one of KAT's best games every coming against the Lakers back in April 2017 when he put up 40 and 21. Bad scoring game aside, Towns was on fire as a scorer in his previous February games, averaging 25.7 points per game with a shooting line of 65/64/94 in his previous games this month. He's fantasy's top player for total value in nine-category leagues so far, but KAT does have a disadvantage in games played the rest of the way. Enjoy the All-Star break.
Feb 15 - 11:48 PM

Taj Gibson scored a career-high 28 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 39 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He continues to be the steady hand and maybe he's just what the Wolves needed to be a playoff team. They are tied with the Spurs for the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference and may have the inside track for that spot with the Spurs having a really tough schedule ahead. Gibson has quietly coasted to top-40 value in nine-category leagues this season and has been a steal for his fantasy owners. In Thibs he trusts.
Feb 15 - 11:47 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 24 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, three blocks and one turnover in 41 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

He and coach Tom Thibodeau seem to be a good fit together with Jimmy playing some of his best ball right now. According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, Thibs could "do whatever is necessary" to keep Butler on the Wolves for a long time, which could include an extension this summer. Either way, his fantasy owners have a stud on their hands the rest of the way, but the Wolves have played two more games than every other team in the NBA. His fantasy owners may want to check how that affects them.
Feb 15 - 11:44 PM

Jeff Teague's 25 points weren't enough in Tuesday's loss to Houston, hitting 10-of-15 shots and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line.

Teague isn't usually this aggressive on offense, but the Wolves needed him to be with Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins' shots not falling. Teague also dished out eight assists with five rebounds and two triples, and coach Tom Thibodeau didn't want to take him off the floor -- he played 38 minutes compared to 10 for Tyus Jones. He'll try to keep it going against the Lakers on Thursday, a team that has allowed the second most fantasy points to PGs this season.
Feb 13 - 11:14 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 35 points in a 126-108 loss to Houston, shooting 12-of-16 from the field, 9-of-9 from the line and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

That's some ridiculous efficiency but it's nothing new for one of the best bigs in the NBA. KAT grabbed 12 rebounds for his league-leading 50th double-double of the season, adding three assists, one steal and three blocks. Minnesota had won their last 13 home games prior to tonight, but look for them to get back on track vs. the Lakers on Thursday.
Feb 13 - 11:08 PM

Andrew Wiggins couldn't get anything going vs. Houston on Tuesday, hitting 2-of-14 shots for just seven points.

This was just his sixth game of the season with single-digit points, but two of them have come in February. He was a -25 in his 41 minutes of action and missed his first 12 shots, adding three rebounds, one block and one steal. He did shoot at least 50% from the field in his previous four games, so we'll just chalk this up as an off night. Houston's defense deserves some credit as well. A home game against the Lakers on Thursday should get him going again.
Feb 13 - 11:01 PM

The Wolves have recalled Justin Patton (foot) from the G-League.

He hasn't made his NBA debut yet and there's been no indication that it's coming soon.
Feb 12 - 11:52 AM

Jamal Crawford ended up with 12 points over 22 minutes off the bench in Sunday's 111-106 win against the Kings.

Crawford hit 3-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. He led the team off the pine, as his three other benchmates totaled just nine points over 43 minutes. The 3-pointer specialist is working on a five-game streak with at least one triple, and he has a trey in nine of his past 10 since returning from a toe injury in mid-January.
Feb 11 - 10:10 PM

Jimmy Butler finished Sunday's 111-106 win against the Kings with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals over 39 minutes.

Butler's stat line wasn't bad, but it was a far cry from the 38 points he posted in his emotional return to Chicago on Friday, going head-to-head with Zach LaVine and his old teammates. He still finished 5-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from the 3-point line and 7-of-9 from the free-throw stripe, but it was his first time under 20 points over the past 20 games dating back to Jan. 12.
Feb 11 - 10:06 PM

Jeff Teague ended up with 12 points and 10 assists over 32 minutes in Sunday's 111-106 win against the Kings.

It was the 10th double-double of the season for Teague, who also tacked on three steals and a rebound while posting a 3-pointer. He has reached 10 assists on 14 different occasions, with three of those outings coming across the past seven games dating back to Jan. 29. Teague is also working on a six-game streak with at least one 3-pointer, one short of tying a season best.
Feb 11 - 10:03 PM

Taj Gibson posted 15 points with six rebounds over 32 minutes in Sunday's win against the Kings.

Gibson was a solid 6-of-11 from the field, and 3-of-3 from the free-throw stripe, but he saw a few less minutes due to foul trouble. That led to Nemanja Bjelica seeing some extra run, though he did nothing with the opportunity. Gibson is averaging 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game over his past four outings. He has turned in mid-round fantasy value for a good chunk of the season.
Feb 11 - 9:52 PM

Andrew Wiggins ended up with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot in Sunday's 111-106 win against the Kings.

Wiggins hit 7-of-13 from the field, and 1-of-3 from behind the 3-point line, and his head coach Tom Thibodeau praised the play of Wiggins after the game. He has bounced back nicely from a dud on Feb. 1 when he managed just seven points across 30 minutes, averaging 17.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers per game over the past four outings. Wiggins is a solid scorer, but he struggles in the field-goal percentage department and he doesn't really contribute much else. Even so, he still is producing at mid-round level in points leagues.
Feb 11 - 9:49 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 29 points across 37 minutes in Sunday's 111-106 victory against Sacramento.

KAT narrowly missed his seventh 30-plus point effort of the season, and he came up just four points short of a season best. Still, he was a solid 10-of-17 from the field, 2-of-7 from behind the 3-point line and 7-of-7 from the charity stripe while adding eight rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and a steal. He has obviously been a major part of the 13-game home winning streak by the Timberwolves, a mark which ranks second in team history. They can tie the record with a win Tuesday against the Rockets.
Feb 11 - 9:45 PM


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