News: Rubio is expected to return to the Timberwolves by mid-January, Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: The article says Rubio's key troubles are starting, stopping, and changing direction while running, so he probably still needs some time to recover even though he's practicing with the team. His return would push Zach LaVine out of the starting point guard spot, but it could take a while before he starts registering the minutes of his old starting spot.
News: Daniels scored 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-4 3Pt) with two rebounds and one assist in just eight minutes of action during Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
Impact: This was simply a garbage time appearance for Daniels, but he did flash the ability to score from beyond the arc that he's been known for in his short career. Daniels is a deep league stash at best in most formats.
News: Dieng (ankle) rolled his left ankle in the second quarter, left the court, but returned to the start the second half, ending the game with eight points (2-6 FG, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, two assists, and two blocks Saturday.
Impact: It appears the Timberwolves and Dieng owners have dodged a bullet, but as with ankle injuries, swelling can occur overnight. The Wolves are off until Wednesday, which should give Dieng ample recovery time, but in case things worsen, Jeff Adrien would see additional time at center with Nikola Pekovic (ankle) also missing.
News: LaVine played 31 minutes and scored 12 points (4-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT) with a career-high 14 assists, four rebounds and one steal Saturday.
Impact: Even with Mo Williams back, LaVine has held onto the starting point guard job, but his fantasy value has been fluctuating. With Ricky Rubio (ankle) set to return soon, LaVine's opportunities will reduce, but for now, his inconsistencies make it difficult to roster him in standard leagues.
News: Martin's injured wrist is healing well and will be evaluated again in two weeks, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda reports.
Impact: We're nearly six weeks from when Martin was given his original six-week timetable, so he's not going to hit that mark, but it does appear that a January return could be possible pending the results of his next evaluation.