May 8, 2019, 9:49 amAndrew WigginsG/F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gersson Rosas, the Wolves new president of basketball operations, indicated on Monday that he would prefer to improve Andrew Wiggins rather than trade him.
Wiggins has failed to develop physically like other lean young players such as Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo while his three-point shooting remains inconsistent. Rosas and presumed coach Ryan Saunders are known for their year-round work ethic and desire to connect with players. The hope is that they will push the right buttons in order for Wiggins to dedicate himself in the weight room and take 1,000 three-pointers every day. The basketball situation in Minnesota looks to be moving to a brand new direction which might create more fantasy opportunities and Wiggins may finally be able to evolve into the superstar everyone thought he would become.
Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
April 19, 2019, 4:48 pmTrajan LangdonTeam, Minnesota Timberwolves
Nets Assistant GM Trajan Langdon will interview for the President of Basketball Operations job with the Minnesota Timberwolves according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Langdon, a former Duke sharpshooter, has been with Brooklyn for three years and has quickly made a name for himself. With the Wolves rebuilding after the departure of Tom Thibodeau, there are several management spots that need to be filled before the start of the 2019-20 season and ideally before the NBA draft on June 20.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 12, 2019, 1:37 pmJeff TeagueG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague exercised his option on Friday to return to the Timberwolves for the 2019-2020 season.
This isn't a surprise given how injury-plagued he was this season. He played just 42 games and finished outside the top-100 in per-game value as he watched most of his stats decline (except for assists, which were a career-high). A healthy season should make Teague a potential steal in drafts next year.
Source: Jon Krawczynski on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 2:47 amKarl-Anthony TownsF/C, Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns missed the fifth game of the season and his career on Wednesday night, wrapping up his season with averages of 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.6 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers as well as top-5 fantasy value in all permutations.
It took a potentially fatal car accident for Towns to miss the first few games of his career, and he missed three more with right knee inflammation (including the meaningless final two games of the year) thereafter. The rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers were all new personal bests for KAT, and he remained an absolutely dominant fantasy player despite shooting under 54 percent for the first time in his career (.518). The sky really is the limit for Towns, and you'll have to get some draft lottery luck in order to land him for the next decade or so.
April 11, 2019, 2:34 amRobert CovingtonF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Robert Covington was on his way to another monstrous fantasy season with averages of 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks and 2.4 threes per game on a career-high .431 from the field before going down with a right knee bone bruise that required surgery.
The steals and blocks also go down as career-highs for the defensive dynamo. Covington was playing 34.4 minutes a night this year — a heavy load for anyone, let alone a player who is leaned on so heavily defensively with some knee issues in his past. RoCo posted better numbers with the Wolves than he did in Philly and was able to deliver top-25/20 value in the 35 games that he did play, though all the absences result in top-175/155 total value. We're mildly concerned about how his knee holds up going forward, but Covington's game was basically built with fantasy numbers in mind. If he can return at 100 percent, he's going to flirt with early-round value once again, even if the Wolves dial back on his minutes somewhat. Keep an eye out for updates on his recovery this summer.
April 11, 2019, 2:26 amAndrew WigginsG/F, Minnesota Timberwolves
Andrew Wiggins closed the season with 25 points (11-for-20 shooting), five rebounds, four assists and three triples in Wednesday's 95-99 loss to the Nuggets.
Wiggins increased his scoring, posted career-highs in rebounds, assists, blocks and 3-pointers, and raised his free throw percentage from .643 to .702 and…. still finished with top-150/170 value in 8/9-cat leagues (top-125/150 in total value). He took a major step back by shooting a career-worst .410 from the field and it just feels like Wiggins can never get every part of his game working at the same time. He'll continue to be drafted too high because of his upside and natural skills, but Wiggins' fifth season didn't inspire a ton of confidence that he'll put it all together any time soon.
April 11, 2019, 2:17 amDerrick RoseG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Though Derrick Rose's season was cut short by a right elbow issue that needed surgery, he still revived his career and posted top-105 per-game value.
Rose averaged 18.0 points, 4.6 assists and 1.1 threes, but most important was the fact that he shot .482 from the field. He rode some crazy 3-point shooting to a big start out of the gates and was able to improve his 2-point game as he predictably regressed from behind the arc. Rose also missed 12 games with right ankle issues (not consecutively) before sitting the last 15 with that elbow problem, and he ended up as a top-170 player in terms of total value. His stat set still has some issues but Rose's good start meant he had plenty of leash as his efficiency was propped up. We wouldn't bet on a repeat, but you never know.
April 11, 2019, 2:06 amJeff TeagueG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Teague finished 2018-19 with just top-100/120 per-game value despite setting a new career-high with 8.2 assists per game.
The playmaking was there, but this was Teague's worst season since becoming a full-time starter in terms of minutes (30.1), points (12.1), steals (1.0), 3-pointers (0.8) and field goal percentage (.423). He also set a new career-low with just 42 games played, missing the final 15 games for a left foot/ankle issue that eventually required surgery as well as two for left knee soreness, eight for an earlier bout of left foot soreness and nine for left ankle inflammation. The huge absences led to top-200 total value, and it was a sharp fall from grace for a normally-reliable middle-round player. Teague is now on the wrong side of 30 and we'd be wary of those left foot issues going forward, but we wouldn't expect Teague to struggle to this degree again.
April 11, 2019, 1:49 amDario SaricF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Dario Saric went 4-of-13 from the field for 11 points on Wednesday night, adding seven rebounds and three assists to close out his disappointing third season.
Saric ended the year as a top-175 per-game player and ended up in the top-130 in total value, though that was entirely because he played 81 games. The move out of Philly was a good development considering his questionable fit alongside two other players who need to handle the ball a ton, but Minnesota wasn't the lifesaver we were hoping it would be. His playing time actually decreased with the Wolves, and the only numbers to improve were his efficiency and steals. Hopefully a summer to get out of his own head will help Saric out, and the Wolves might rework things a bit to make him more of a featured player. There's bounce-back potential with The Homie.
April 11, 2019, 1:43 amTaj GibsonF, Minnesota Timberwolves
A left calf strain forced Taj Gibson to miss the final 11 games of the season.
Gibson ended the year with averages of 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.6 blocks on .566 shooting in 24.1 mpg. His minutes really declined over the final two months as the Wolves fell out of the race and Ryan Saunders chose to get a better look at younger options, and the late swoon leaves Gibson with top-150/130 value in 8/9-cat. His starting days might be over, so a late-round ceiling is a safe expectation if you have interest in rostering Taj in the future.
April 11, 2019, 1:38 amTyus JonesG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyus Jones went 4-of-12 from the field for eight points and eight assists in Wednesday's season-ending loss to the Nuggets.
Jones requested a trade in the offseason because he was upset about his lack of playing time, and rightfully so. Tom Thibodeau talked him down and promised a larger role, only to sign Derrick Rose. While Jones wasted away for most of the season's first half, he did get a chance to start once Minnesota fell out of playoff contention. He was able to post top-100/120 value once he became a full-time starter, averaging 7.2 assists and 1.1 steals over that span. On the full year Jones returned top-190/165 value, and he was a top-170/150 option in total value despite missing 13 straight games with a sprained left ankle. Keep Jones in mind in case he ends up with a larger role, whether that's with the Wolves or someone else.
April 11, 2019, 1:30 amJosh OkogieG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Josh Okogie had a rough go of it in the final game of his rookie season, going 0-for-3 from the field in 17 minutes to finish Wednesday's loss with no points, one rebound and a steal.
Okogie was elevated into the starting lineup when Robert Covington went down with his injury, though as the lowest-usage player in most lineup combinations his fantasy value wasn't anything to write home about. He did ride some big steals and blocks nights top top-50 value for a very brief stretch, but Okogie's top-230 value on the full year is far more indicative of what fantasy owners experienced. He's got a great set of physical tools and can be a great 3-and-D fantasy player in time.
April 11, 2019, 1:19 amGorgui DiengC, Minnesota Timberwolves
Gorgui Dieng started again on Wednesday night and had a nice game with 18 points (8-of-20 shooting), 11 rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers.
Dieng finished his season with top-100 value over the last week or so, but spending so much time as a pure backup center behind Karl-Anthony Towns means he only came away with top-240/220 value in 8/9-cat leagues. Dieng did get into 75 games and finish inside the top-200 in terms of total value, but that was a very slow grind with just 13.3 mpg. He'd be an easy middle-round guy if he landed on another roster next season but that contract makes it tough to envision.
April 11, 2019, 1:16 amAnthony TolliverF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Anthony Tolliver had a quiet season finale on Wednesday, scoring three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 21 minutes of action.
Tolliver's make came from behind the arc, as you'd imagine. The veteran stretch four was bounced from the rotation early in the year and then came back late as Minnesota's playoff hopes faded, though he couldn't replicate his standard-league run during last year's second half with Detroit. He was a top-350 per-game player and a top-300 guy in terms of total value in his 64 games, though there wasn't much appeal besides 1.3 triples per game out of a frontcourt spot.
April 11, 2019, 1:04 amKeita Bates-DiopF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Keita Bates-Diop was kept quiet in Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, ending his rookie year with four points, seven rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes.
Bates-Diop was predictably buried on the bench until Ryan Saunders took over, but even then his averages of 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.4 triples per game (in 16.7 mpg) weren't much to write home about. If you squint you can see how KBD would be an interesting guy in a larger workload, but his top-350/330 per-game value only had him surfacing as a streamer or in extremely deep formats.