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Rotowire: Aug 30 / 2:34p ET
News: Dieng was a monster at Afrobasket for Senegal. Through seven games played, he averaged 22.9 points, 0.7 three-pointers, 14.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 38 minutes per game.
Impact: Putting up stats like that certainly makes you rethink how big of a role Dieng will have on the Timberwolves this season, but given how deep they are in the frontcourt, it's hard to get too excited about Dieng's production. Rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to start, and the team also has Kevin Garnett, Nikola Pekovic, Adreian Payne, Nemanja Bjelica, and Anthony Bennett all expected to compete for minutes in the frontcourt. That's a lot of mouths to feed on a budget of limited minutes, making Dieng's value difficult to peg for this coming season.
Rotowire: Jul 31 / 8:12a ET
News: Dieng has been working on his post moves with former Raptor Hakeem Olajuwon, NBA.com reports.
Impact: Dieng is in Johannesburg, South Africa in preparation for the NBA Africa Game 2015 pitting Team Africa against Team World on August 1st. Over the last two days, Dieng has learned the graceful Dream Shake and how to create more space between he and the defender. They've only managed two 45-minute workouts, but the improved footwork may curtail his propensity for traveling, of which he was dinged a league-high 28 times last season. Dieng will compete against rookie Karl-Anthony Towns for a starting role now that coach Flip Saunders has anointed Kevin Garnett a 20-minute starter.
Rotowire: Jul 8 / 9:31a ET
News: Dieng (concussion) is practicing with Senegal in preparation for AfroBasket 2015, Africa's qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Dieng missed the final nine game of the regular season due to a concussion, but it's safe to assume he's past those issues if he's practicing with the Senegal national team. Their training camp begins this week, and their first game is slated for August 20th. Assistant coach Ryan Saunders chimed in that Dieng is in good shape, alleviating any concerns.