The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to shed some flab. The Wolves are drawing trade calls for Shabazz Muhammad.
The Wolves were reluctant to include Muhammad in the trade scenario, according to rival management. And the Wolves’ reluctance to part ways with the 23-year-old makes plenty of sense. His playing minutes have dropped from 22.8 last season to 17.6 this season, but he still has lot of talent to display.
Muhammad posted 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds on 48.9 percent shooting from the field last season. He sustained a season-ending tear in his ligament in his middle finger which ruled him out.
Moreover, the UCLA product is signed to a team-friendly rookie deal for another season, which is worth a $4.2 million qualifying offer, according to sources. The Wolves could consider dealing a trade for him at the end of his contract, not before that. It is important for coach Sam Mitchell to chalk out a much effective role for Muhammad in the wings in rotation with other guys like Andrew Wiggins, Tayshaun Prince and Kevin Martin.