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Timberwolves news: Shabazz Muhammad turned down more money to return for playoff run

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Shabazz Muhammad’s back-and-forth with the Minnesota Timberwolves finally came to a close on Tuesday, when both sides agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million veteran’s minimum deal to bring him back for the 2017-18 season.

According to Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press, Muhammad turned down more lucrative contracts to be able to return to the Twin Cities and be part of a playoff run. The Timberwolves properly rewarded him with a trade kicker to ensure his wish would be honored.

The 6-foot-6 spark plug was reportedly being eyed by his hometown team Los Angeles Lakers and others looking for a scorer off the bench before ultimately settling down in Minnesota, where he’s played the first four seasons of his NBA career.

Muhammad’s addition will bring a lefty and righty punch off the Timberwolves’ bench alongside three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford, giving the team a big chance to keep up with what’s likely to be a high-scoring starting core.

By signing him, Minnesota has been able to keep his bird rights, which will allow the team to ink him to a long-term deal in the next offseason, though they might have to go over the cap to do so.