Timberwolves news: Signs point to Shabazz Muhammad not re-signing with Minnesota
It’s looking unlikely that free agent Shabazz Muhammad will remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the Associate Press’ Jon Krawczynski.
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) September 6, 2017
Muhammad was originally a restricted free agent this offseason after the Timberwolves signed his qualifying offer. But the team later renounced his rights, a move which made Muhammad an unrestricted free agent, in order to free up cap space to sign Taj Gibson in free agency.
Muhammad was a key contributor for the Timberwolves, who had one of the least productive benches in the entire NBA last season. He averaged 9.9 points on 48 percent shooting with 2.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game.
The Timberwolves were interested in bringing Muhammad back due to their lack of depth at the small forward position. With Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins set to start at the wing, Marcus Georges-Hunt is the only other small forward currently on the roster.
But with Shabazz Muhammad looking likely to sign elsewhere, the Timberwolves are now exploring other small forward options. Two such options are veterans Alan Anderson and Anthony Morrow, who are much better outside shooters than Muhammad and should provide better spacing for the Timberwolves this upcoming season.