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Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders says it’s possible Robert Covington plays as PF; likes Andre Wiggins as SG

Ryan Saunders, Robert Covington, Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders appears ready to make rotational changes in the hopes of bouncing back from a disappointing year last season.

Saunders revealed that Robert Covington might focus on playing as a power forward instead of getting a lot of minutes at the three spot, per Dane Moore SKOR North. The Wolves coach said that making Covington as their starting power forward is a “strong possibility.”

Covington had an impressive year for the Timberwolves last season. He was sent to Minnesota as part of the deal that sent Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 22 games for the Timberwolves, the 28-year-old forward averaged 14.5 points on top of 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 1.5 assists per game.

Saunders also revealed that Andrew Wiggins might start as a shooting guard instead of being small forward. It was earlier reported that Saunders will focus on helping Wiggins improve his shot selection and shot value this offseason.

“I have liked Andrew Wiggins playing the 2,” Saunders said of Wiggins, who averaged 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season.

If Covington starts at the four spot, and Wiggins take the two spot, the small forward spot will be up for grabs. According to Moore, the Timberwolves will likely consider starting Jake Layman or Jarret Culver, who was the sixth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.