Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without their leading scorer for the next 6-8 weeks as he recovers from surgery on his fractured wrist.
The injury was occurred during that game against the Knicks. It happened in the first quarter, though Martin played through it and finished the night with 37 points, while helping the Wolves to a win, snapping their five-game losing streak.
With Martin out, more time will likely go to Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets are two teams that have reportedly registered trade interest in Wolves swingman Corey Brewer.
The Houston Rockets were also said to be one team interested in Chase Budinger before the season began.
The Wolves are reportedly looking for future assets in any deal (whether that means future first or second round picks; rights to overseas players; or a young player with some potential).
The Wolves are 2-7 as of Monday afternoon, riding a steak of five-straight losses. With the loss of Ricky Rubio (high ankle sprain) the Wolves have taken a turn for the worse.
Brewer has maintained that he wants to stay in Minnesota, however one has to think that a trade to a contender like Houston or Cleveland and the tantalizing possibility to re-team with Love in Cleveland (his outlet compadre); would be okay with Brewer.
If Minnesota continues to lose games, it will be no surprise if other names such as Martin, Pekovic, etc. begin to pop up in trade rumors.
The Timberwolves are going to have to learn how to play without their playmaking guard Ricky Rubio.
This was the exact scenario I worried about when the Wolves decided to buy out J.J. Barea's contract just a couple weeks ago. Now, they have just Mo Williams and Zach LaVine to play point guard.
Is Zach LaVine ready for the added responsibility and play time? He'll have to be. He's the new starting point guard and he'll see plenty of playing time because Flip Saunders has already said that he'll likely only play Mo Williams 20-25 minutes a game.
Saunders says that LaVine is likely to remain the starting point guard--he likes playing LaVine with that first unit and continue letting Mo run the second unit--where he (Mo) has to be the primary scorer/facilitator.
Saunders says the team has no plans to add a third point guard and they'll go forward with those two running the show.
Rubio will be on crutches for the next 10-14 days. After that time he'll be re-evaluated. That will give the swelling in the ankle time to go down--so the team can make a better prognosis of just how long he'll be out.
The NBA has fined guard Kevin Martin $15,000 for an obscene gesture during the fourth quarter of Minnesota's loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The fine was announced on Monday. The gesture happened on Saturday night after Martin hit a three-pointer with a little over 90 seconds to play in the game.
As Martin headed to the other end of the court he "Casselled" down the court: "he cupped his hands and held them just below his waist".
The gesture was made popular by former Timberwolves guard Sam Cassell, who used to do it after big shots--that was until the NBA started issuing fines to curb it.
Kevin Martin finished with 33 points in the 106-105 loss, after Jimmy Butler hit two free throws for the lead and the win, with 0.2 seconds to play.
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