Report: Timberwolves pull Shabazz Muhammad’s qualifying offer

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With the Timberwolves signing Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, something had to give. Minnesota didn’t have enough cap room to sign both while maintaining matching rights on Shabazz Muhammad.

Though the Timberwolves could have traded someone else to clear cap space, they went the simplest route – renouncing Muhammad.

Chris Haynes of ESPN:

Gibson is an immediate upgrade over Muhammad, clearly important to Tom Thibodeau.

The 24-year-old Muhammad would fit better elsewhere. He’s strong for a wing, and he can score inside and rebound well for his position. If he defended better, there’d be a lot more interest.