Shabazz Muhammad showed some real potential last season — he shot 39 percent from three and showed off skills working in the post. It was hoped he would make strides in this, his third season with the Timberwolves, but with Andrew Wiggins, Kevin Martin, Zach LaVine, and Tayshaun Prince ahead of him in the rotation he’s seen his minutes squeezed this season.
Other teams have gone fishing in Minnesota thinking they might get a steal with Muhammad, but so far the Timberwolves are not biting, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
That this got leaked suggests someone in the Muhammad camp would love to see him moved to a place he can get more run than 17.6 minutes a game (his average this season). Muhammad has struggled some this year, including shooting just 25.8 percent from three.
There’s no reason for Minnesota to make a move right now. They can field offers, try to play teams off each other, and keep Muhammad around for injury insurance. Then as we get closer to the trade deadline in February, they can move him if there is a deal they like.
Or, they can hold on to him. Muhammad shows promise and teams should be hesitant to give up solid young players that could be part of a future rotation. The Timberwolves have options.