July 22, 2020, 8:30 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Wolves owner Glen Taylor has put the franchise up for sale, according to veteran sports business reporter Scott Soshnick of Sportico.
Taylor, who has owned the Wolves since 1995, didn’t want a public auction and instead opted to ask the Raine Group, an advisory firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, to find a buyer without the usual fanfare that accompanies a franchise sale. There are several parties who have bid on the team already, with a group led by Kevin Garnett rumored to be one of them. A deal could be completed within a month and it could only be a step forward for a struggling franchise who is trying to build around Karl-Anthony Towns. The Wolves have made the playoffs just once in the past 15 seasons, while they were averaging 15,066 fans a game at the Target Center before the regular season was halted, placing them last in the 30-team National Basketball Association.
July 22, 2020, 12:21 amAllen CrabbeSG, Free Agent
Allen Crabbe averaged 4.6 PPG and 2.1 RPG with the Hawks and Wolves prior to being waived at the end of February, ranking outside the top-375 in category formats.
Before losing his job at the February, Crabbe had been acquired by the Wolves from the Hawks. He didn't play much during his short tenure with the Wolves either, dealing with a variety of injuries during that period alone. Crabbe should latch on with another NBA team before or during the 2020-21 season. His 2019-20 season was a forgetful one.
July 15, 2020, 2:44 amKarl-Anthony TownsC, Minnesota Timberwolves
A fractured left wrist limited fantasy stud Karl-Anthony Towns to playing just 35 games in 2019-20, seeing him drop to 59th and 61st in 8/9-cat total value, respectively.
KAT was a former paragon of durability across his first three seasons in the league, but alas, a fracture in his left wrist prevented him from playing his regular complement of games. On a per-game basis though, KAT was able to remain a stud, putting up top-3/4 value in 8/9-cat scoring with averages of 26.5 PPG, 3.3 3PG, 10.8 RPG, 4.4 APG and 1.2 BPG on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and 79.6 percent from the line. Expect fantasy's second-best big man to aim for a bounce-back season come 2020-21.
July 15, 2020, 2:19 amD'Angelo RussellPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Before finding his way to the Wolves via a trade involving Andrew Wiggins, D'Angelo Russell scrapped through a challenging 2019-20 season with the Warriors ending at 38/56 in 8/9-cat per-game value.
The Wolves moved Heaven and Earth to get what their star player, Karl-Anthony Towns, wanted and that was to play with his buddy, Russell. The guard would end up playing a tool of 45 games this season (12 with the Wolves). Post-trade Russell dealt with a nagging thumb injury, which limited the impact he was able to make with his new team. His averages with the Wolves still look encouraging for a strong 2020-21 with Russell clocking in with 21.7 PTS, 6.6 AST, 3.2 3s and 1.4 STL in those 12 games, at 32.7 MPG.
July 15, 2020, 2:02 amJarrett CulverG-F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jarrett Culver has managed to position himself as a prominent piece of the Wolves' future, despite a less-than-stellar rookie campaign in 2019-20.
Culver has been in the spotlight due to the potential he brings on the defensive end and the Wolves see him as a future two-way threat for the team but is still a true work in progress. Culver's value hovered around the top-300 zone on per-game value for the season, mostly slowed by his deficiencies on the offensive end. He ends 2019-20 with averages of 9.2 PPG, 1.0 3PG, 3.4 RPG and 0.9 SPG in 23.9 MPG across 63 games played. Culver is definitely someone to watch come 2020-21, especially now that he's got nearly a whole season under his belt.
July 15, 2020, 1:45 amJacob EvansSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
After getting traded to the Wolves by way of the Warriors, Jacob Evans was unable to make much of an impact with his new team, averaging just two minutes in the two games he played for his new "pack."
Evans, whose value is heavily leveraged on his time with the Warriors, ends 2019-20 389th in 8-cat and 406th in 9-cat scoring formats. The second-year player was able to muster averages of 4.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game on .336 shooting from the field. Given the Wolves' current roster and direction, it's a tall task to expect much from Evans in fantasy next season.
July 15, 2020, 12:42 amJordan McLaughlinPG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Rookie point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who went undrafted in 2018 after four years at USC and spent all of last season in the G League, produced in an unexpected fashion for the Wolves in 2019-20.
He is on a two-way contract and spent plenty of time in the G League with the Iowa Wolves this season as well (last season he was with the Long Island Nets). Overall, McLaughlin got in to 30 games for the Wolves and finished the year ranked 176th in 9-cat and 185th in 8-cat, good for third and fourth on the Wolves, respectively. He still finds himself on his original two-way deal but that figures to change, as he went on a particularly solid run to close out the year. Over the final two months (11 games), McLaughlin shot 54 percent from the floor and put up 9.3 PPG, 4.7 APG, 1.5 RPG and 1.2 SPG in 20.8 MPG. He should find his way back on to the Wolves roster in a backup role in 2020-21, on an NBA contract this time, one way or another.
July 15, 2020, 12:19 amJames JohnsonPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Johnson bounced back a bit this season after a difficult 2018-19, ranking inside the top-175 in 8-cat, after he was traded mid-season from the Heat to the Wolves.
Johnson was injured for much of the 2019 portion of the NBA schedule this year. He had a couple strong games for the Heat in January (most notably a 22-point, six rebound effort vs. the Kings on January 20) that solidified the Wolves' confidence in trading for him. The Wolves' shifted their focus to their youth once Karl-Anthony Towns went down with injury, which happened to be right around the time Johnson joined the squad. Johnson will very likely make the decision to exercise his $16 million player option for 2020-21, which is a no-brainer from his point of view because it's extremely hard to see him getting that much if he tried his luck on the open market. He could be in line to start for the Wolves next season if everything stays how it is now, but fellow forward Juan Hernangomez (who was also acquired by the Wolves in February) could push him for minutes. Hernangomez (24) is significantly younger than Johnson (33).
July 14, 2020, 11:15 pmJuancho HernangomezPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Juan Hernangomez, who was a part of the mid-season blockbuster that involved Clint Capela, Robert Covington, and a host of other players changing teams, got plenty of opportunities upon joining the Wolves.
He finished the year ranked 346 in both 8/9-cat. However, like his teammate Malik Beasley (who was also traded from the Nuggets to the Wolves), Hernangomez's season took off when he joined his new squad. In 9-cat, he ranked inside the top-125 in 11 games (all starts) to close out the season. In those 11 games, he averaged 12.4 points, 7.6 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 threes in 29.2 minutes per game. He will reach restricted free agency when the offseason finally rolls around, but GM Gersson Rosas announced that he plans on bringing back the fourth year Spaniard.
July 14, 2020, 10:59 pmKelan MartinPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Rookie forward Kelan Martin played in 31 games off the bench for the Wolves, finishing the season ranked outside the top-300 in categories formats.
Martin wasn't expected to play much for the Wolves this season but carved out a bench role at times throughout the season. He was quite busy, as he also played in 23 games in the G League (averaging 18.4 PPG) with the Iowa Wolves. Martin likely figures to shuttle back and forth between the two again next season, but he had a successful run in his rookie campaign after going undrafted in 2018 and spending a season with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in Germany.
July 14, 2020, 10:44 pmMalik BeasleySG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Malik Beasley was traded mid-season from the Nuggets to the Wolves and capitalized on the new circumstances he found himself in, starting all 14 games he played for the Wolves.
Beasley ranked 213th in 8-cat and 208th in 9-cat, but that doesn't really tell the whole story of his 2019-20 season. In 14 starts with the Wolves, he put up 20.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.5 threes and shot 48 percent from the floor. In his final 11 games to close out the year, Beasley ranked 84th in 9-cat. Wolves' GM Gersson Rosas plans for Beasley to be a part of the team's plans "for a long, long time." That's pretty high praise for a player who's only played 14 games for them. It looks like he'll be a must own fantasy player next season, due to sheer volume if nothing else.
July 14, 2020, 10:18 pmOmari SpellmanPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Omari Spellman, who has now been apart of three organizations in two seasons, played well with the lowly Warriors prior to being traded to the Wolves.
Spellman was subsequently sent to the Iowa Wolves, the Wolves' G League affiliate. Reports surfaced that the team considered buying him out but they ultimately opted against it, instead assigning the 22-year-old to the G League to continue his development. He ranked outside the top-200 in fantasy and shouldn't garner consideration for managers anytime soon, unless the Wolves move on from both Karl-Anthony Towns and Naz Reid.
July 14, 2020, 9:28 pmJosh OkogieSG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Second year guard Josh Okogie proved himself during the 2019-20 campaign, as he carved out a role in the Wolves rotation and ranked inside the top-200.
Okogie averaged 25 minutes per game and put up well-rounded fantasy numbers (8.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 1.6 APG). He ranked 184th in 8-cat and 192nd in 8-cat. The Wolves were not a very good team again in 2019-20 but, nonetheless, Okogie seems like he belongs in an NBA rotation based on his play this season.
July 14, 2020, 9:15 pmNaz ReidC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Naz Reid impressed when he received opportunities in 2019-20 (his rookie season), ranking inside the top-250 in both categories formats.
Reid averaged just 16.5 minutes per game but put up per game averages of 9.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 threes in 30 contests. When Karl-Anthony Towns went down with an injury, Reid stepped up to the plate. In the Wolves' final 11 games to close out the year, he ranked 112th in 9-cat and was averaging 11.7 PPG and 6.5 RPG in 25.4 MPG. His per-36 numbers were mouthwatering in sporadic opportunities prior to KAT's injury and he made the stat-heads look smart when he capitalized on the big bump in playing time with the Wolves. As long as he's being blocked by Towns his value will be limited, but if either one is moved Reid will be a fairly tantalizing fantasy prospect.
July 14, 2020, 9:02 pmJake LaymanSF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jake Layman only played in 23 games for the Wolves in 2019-20, averaging just over nine points and a 3-pointer per game and ranking outside the top-250 in both 8 and 9-cat formats.
Layman dealt with a toe injury for much of the season, his fourth in the NBA and first with the Wolves. He sprained his left toe in mid-November and he wound up missing 39 games, returning at the end of February. Its unfortunate because Layman seemed poised to take a step forward with more opportunities with the Wolves. If he can start hitting threes with more consistency, he could hold fantasy value in the coming seasons.