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According to Adrian Wojnarowski, multiple teams have contacted the Minnesota Timberwolves with interest in third-year swingman Shabazz Muhammad.
While it's unclear what teams are interested in Muhammad, the Wolves have no interest in moving the 23-year-old Shabazz.
The Timberwolves do have a number of wings on the roster: Andrew Wiggins, Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Martin, Damjan Rudez, Zach LaVine and Nemanja Bjelica.
It is more than likely that the Wolves would be willing to move a player like Kevin Martin at some point this season--especially if it nets them a young player to add to their core, or a veteran that better fits with this team moving forward.
As Muhammad continues to prove his worth, it is highly likely that his role continues to increase for this young team. It is clear that he is seen as an integral part of this young core that features Andrew Wiggins & Karl-Anthony Towns at the forefront. Muhammad is part of that second tier with LaVine and Gorgui Dieng as key pieces moving forward.
Shabazz, the 14th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, is under contract for just under $2.1 million for this season and just over $3million next season. He also has a qualifying offer for the 2017-18 season for roughly $4million.
2013-14 Stats: 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.0 blocks, .460 FG%, .273
3PT%, .650 FT%, in 37 games (0 starts), 7.8 minutes
2014-15 Stats: 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, .489 FG%, .392
3PT%, .717 FT%, in 38 games (13 starts), 22.8 minutes
2015-16 Stats: 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, .462 FG%, .258
3PT%, .762 FT%, in 20 games (0 starts), 17.6 minutes
Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month this past week for games played in October and November.
Towns was second among rookies in scoring with 14.4 points and led rookies with 9.4 rebounds, 2.18 blocks and shooting 86.7% from the free-throw line. KAT was also third in field-goal percentage at 52.6%. Towns had 8 doubles-doubles, including 6 in his first 8 games. This was higlighted by a 28-point, 14-rebound victory over Denver (his second career game) on October 30th.
Towns also had an impressive outing in a win over the Heat with 14 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals as well as 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks in a three-point overtime loss vs. the Orlando Magic.
Kristaps Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft was also named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month after posting 13.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.89 blocks, while also adding 8 double-doubles, highlighted by a 29-point, 11-rebound win on November 17th vs. the Charlotte Hornets and a 24-point, 14-rebound, 7-block outing in a win over the Houston Rockets.
Other nominees for Western/Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Brooklyn), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver), Stanley Johnson (Detroit), D'Angelo Russell (LA Lakers), Justise Winslow (Miami), T.J. McConnell (Philadelphia), and Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia).
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