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According to Jon Krawczynski of the Athletic Minnesota, Timberwolves F James Johnson will almost certainly exercise his $16M player option for the 2020-21 NBA season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Head coach Ryan Saunders praised Johnson for his leadership skills and locker room presence. The Wolves have a young roster, and Johnson is exactly what the team needs to stay on the straight and narrow during a long season. While he’s likely to start next season with the Timberwolves, Johnson’s $16M expiring salary also makes him a prime trade candidate ahead of the deadline.

After the tragic death of his mother due to COVID-19, The Minnesota Timberwolves have been supporting Karl-Anthony Towns emotionally and “giving him space” as it relates to his physical recovery from a broken wrist. (Source: Dane Moore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Towns’ mother tested positive for coronavirus and tragically passed away as a result of the infection, so the team has been doing everything they can to support KAT mentally and emotionally. This is absolutely the right thing to do given the circumstances. Towns was also recovering from a broken wrist when the NBA got suspended. In regards to his physical health, President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas said, “when the time is right, we’ll share more details.” Minnesota will not be making the trip down to Walt Disney World to finish out the 2019-20 NBA season, so Towns will get ample time to heal the broken wrist. Stay strong KAT.

Category: Injury Updates

In an interview with senior writer Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, Timberwolves G D'Angelo Russell stated, “this is where I’m supposed to be.” Russell was referring to the warm reception he received from fans and the Timberwolves organization upon arriving at the Minnesota airport after being traded by the Golden State Warriors on February 6, 2020. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Russell expanded on his feelings, revealing that, “for me to come here, this feels more at home to me... like I could settle down, raise my family and unpack my bags.” The article provided great insight into Russell's yearn for stability after being on four teams (Lakers, Nets, Warriors, and T'Wolves) within the first five years of his career. Interestingly enough, he is one of only 14 active all-stars to have played for four or more franchises. D-Lo inked a 4-yr $117M contract with the Nets in July 2019, as part of a sign-and-trade with the Warriors so Minnesota will be his home for the foreseeable future. He's only scratched the surface with his new-look team, averaging 21.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists in 12 games for the Timberwolves this season.

Category: Rumors

Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas would like G/F Malik Beasley and F Juancho Hernangomez to be in Minnesota for a long-time, “hopefully, for the rest of their careers.” (Source: Dane Moore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beasley and Hernangomez were acquired by Minnesota via a blockbuster trade in February that involved the Nuggets, Rockets, and Hawks. A former 2016 first-round pick out of Florida State, Beasley was seen as a potential 3-and-D guy in the NBA. In 3+ years with Denver, he never really got the chance to maximize his potential, averaging just eight points in 17 minutes per game. In just 14 games in Minnesota, Beasley showed he was capable of all-star type production, averaging 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 33 minutes per game. Both Beasley and Hernangomez are set to become free agents this summer, and Rosas would like to see both in Minnesota for the rest of their careers. Strong praise for both guys after just 14 games with the Timberwolves, but both should provide solid fantasy value moving forward as starters in a run-and-gun style offense.

When asked about newly-acquired F Juancho Hernangomez’ future in Minnesota, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas stated, “We want those guys [Malik Beasley and Hernangomez] to be Timberwolves for a long, long time. Hopefully, for the rest of their careers.” (Source: Dane Moore on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hernangomez and Beasley were acquired by the Timberwolves in a mid-season blockbuster trade that involved the Nuggets, Hawks, and Rockets. Both players sought more playing time than they were getting in Denver. Hernangomez was a former 15th overall pick back in 2016. He never averaged more than 5.8 points and 19 minutes per game in any one season in his career. That all changed when he got to Minnesota. He immediately became a starting forward, averaging 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and one steal in almost 30 minutes per contest. He was even shooting a lights-out 42% from long-distance. It’s no wonder Rosas would like to keep him in Minnesota long-term, as Hernangomez showed what he is capable of doing in just 14 games with the Timberwolves.

Josh Okogie totaled seven points (2-5 FG, 0-0 3PT, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, and three assists in 36 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 117-111 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: In 36 minutes of play, Okogie was unable to muster up any meaningful offensive productivity for the Timberwolves this past Tuesday against the Rockets. Although provided with ample playing time and a defined role in the rotation, he has failed to provide consistent value in the majority of the games this year. His amount of playing time makes him a possible candidate for deep-league play, but even that isn’t enough to prevent him from being a fade in all formats at this time.

Category: Game Recaps

Jarrett Culver totaled 12 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT), one rebound, and two assists in 18 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 117-111 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Culver had his second consecutive double-digit scoring performance against the Rockets this past Tuesday. Although he only took a handful of shots, he was able to shoot 62.6 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arc. Culver has mostly been a low-volume high-percentage shot kind of player for most of the year; however, Culver has been able to maintain a relatively respectable floor. He may not be worth a roster spot at this point, but it wouldn’t hurt you to keep him on your radar for deep-league play.

Category: Game Recaps

Jordan McLaughlin totaled five points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, and three assists in 19 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 117-111 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: McLaughlin was only able to score five points this past Tuesday against the Rockets. Since starting the month off hot, his level of play and playing time have tapered off. He has the talent to be a great source of fantasy production; however, his role within the rotation has been so inconsistent that he is simply undependable at this point. If you are in a deep-league, it would be worth to keep him on your radar and take a wait-and-see approach as he could be a sneaky value play somewhere down the line.

Category: Game Recaps

Naz Reid totaled 11 points (5-8 FG, 0-0 3PT, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 23 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 117-111 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: After taking 10 or more shots in his previous five games, Reid found himself limited to only eight this past Tuesday. He played a total of 23 minutes, the lowest of this month, and was unable to get anything going against the Rockets. His first three games of the month were explosive, with him putting up double-digit efforts on the board for all three contests. However, since then, he hasn’t been able to get back to that ceiling level of play that made him so valuable with Karl-Anthony Towns being out. Reid is still a great source of value; however, expectations should be managed as his output may not look the same from game-to-game.

Category: Game Recaps

Kelan Martin totaled six points (1-2 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, and one assist in nine minutes in the Timberwolves’ 115-108 victory over the Bulls on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Martin saw an increase in his playing time to nine minutes, a whole minute more than his playing time in the Pelican’s game, and he played better. Although the improvement was minimal, Martin put up his best line since February’s matchup against the Heat. Martin has shown throughout the season that he is capable of more when provided the opportunity, but for some reason, we have seen his minutes cut-down to a season-low average of 9.7 per game in March. Now, this may be due to the return of Jake Layman, but that doesn’t justify the drastic shift, especially when the rookie is outperforming the veteran with less playing time. Don’t get me wrong Martin at this time isn’t fantasy material, however, if things continue to go down-hill with Layman, he could see an increased role which would completely change his fantasy potential. Until that time, however, keep him sideline but still on your radar specifically for deep league play.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Layman totaled two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3PT, 0-0 FT), two rebounds, and one assist in 14 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 115-108 victory over the Bulls on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Layman continued to be “lame-man” (see what I did there), as his struggles continued against the Bulls this past Wednesday. After putting up his worse performance of the year against the Pelicans, he didn’t fare much better in this contest, taking a total of three shots and putting up minimal action on the boards. The chance of better days based on his earlier play this season is dwindling quickly; however, you never know what can happen. He is a definite fade in all formats, at this time.

Category: Game Recaps

Allen Crabbe was waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Crabbe has missed time recently for personal reasons. Still playoff eligible, Crabbe will have the opportunity to latch on with a contending team.

Category: Transactions

Evan Turner worked out for the Clippers on Saturday, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Turner received permission from the Timberwolves to workout for the Clippers on Saturday, while the two sides discuss a buyout. The 31-year old is averaging 3.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks across 19 games this season. Even if Turner latches onto another team, he is not on the fantasy radar and should be left on the waiver wire in all league formats.

Category: Transactions

Jared Vanderbilt totaled two points (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and a rebound over four minutes in the Timberwolves’ 115-108 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Vanderbilt has logged a total of five minutes since joining Minnesota, and he's not on the fantasy radar even in the deepest of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Gorgui Dieng was traded from the Timberwolves to the Grizzlies on Thursday in exchange for James Johnson (Source: Jon Krawczynnski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Dieng will provide depth at center for Grizzlies and should backup starter Jonas Valanciunas. His fantasy value should remain roughly the same, but he could see a few extra minutes in the Grizzlies rotation. The 30-year old center is averaging 7.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks across 46 games this year.

Category: Transactions

Andrew Wiggins has been traded to the Warriors in a deal involving D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Russell was moved ahead of the trade deadline and it made sense for Wiggins to be the centerpiece of the deal that brought him into the fold for Minnesota. Wiggins is in the middle of a career year, and he’s a better fit in Golden State for the longterm where he’ll likely see plenty of open looks on the wing opposite the Splash Brothers.

Category: Transactions

Minnesota has traded Robert Covington to the Houston Rockets in a four-team package that has Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Atlanta's first-round pick via the Nets all heading to the Timberwolves. Covington will also be joined by Jordan Bell as part of the agreement. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Covington returns to the team that originally picked him up as an undrafted rookie free-agent coming out of Tennessee State. It remains to be seen how the Rockets will utilize him, as they gave up starting center Clint Capela to obtain the 29-year-old wing. If Houston decides to slot him into the starting lineup as part of an extreme, small-ball approach, Covington may be tasked with defending against opponent's top scorer, perhaps limiting his fantasy value. On the other hand, new teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden should create plenty of catch-and-shoot opportunities for the forward averaging 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Covington's first games in his new threads will go a long way in the assessment of his fantasy value.

Category: Transactions

Shabazz Napier compiled 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals and four turnovers across 34 minutes in Saturday's 118-106 loss to the Clippers.

Fantasy Impact: Napier continues to fill the stat sheet on a nightly basis, and has recorded a double-double in two of his last three games. He is averaging 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 10.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.7 triples during that stretch. Napier contributes in multiple categories and should be added in all standard leagues. The Timberwolves next scheduled game is Monday, away against the Kings.

Category: Game Recaps

Treveon Graham will miss Friday's matchup with San Antonio after being dealt to Atlanta on Thursday. (Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: His next chance to debut with his new club will come on Saturday, as Atlanta takes on Detroit in the second of a back-to-back. His role with the team is not yet known.

Category: Injury Updates

Jeff Teague will not play Friday against the Spurs after being traded to Atlanta on Thursday. (Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Teague won't be available Friday, just a day after being acquired by his former team. Atlanta has a quick turnaround and plays again Saturday, so it's not yet clear when Teague will make his 2019-20 Hawks debut.

Category: Injury Updates