Shabazz Muhammad had been pining for minutes. He received plenty of them Tuesday and capitalized.
In his first substantial game action since preseason play, the Timberwolves rookie went off for 24 points and a series of energetic dunks in the Iowa Energy’s 133-121 win against the Bakersfield Jam as part of the NBA Developmental League Showcase. He hasn’t played more than about 9 Â½ minutes in an NBA game yet, so Minnesota president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and coach Rick Adelman decided it’d be best to assign Muhammad to the team’s D-League affiliate.
Muhammad originally expressed reluctance to play for the Des Moines-based team but told reporters over the weekend he was excited for some actual playing time.
It had to be a refreshing feeling for Muhammad, who averages 3.8 minutes and 1.1 points per game in 11 NBA appearances to date. The Energy have another game in Reno on Thursday, travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. on Saturday and return home for a contest Sunday afternoon against Rio Grande Valley.
Saunders is expected to attend that game and check up on Muhammad’s progress in person.
Hummel, Price’s contracts can become guaranteed: Tuesday afternoon’s waiver deadline came and went, and Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price were still members of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
That means the two reserves’ contracts can this Friday become guaranteed for the rest of the season. The base salary in all NBA contracts becomes guaranteed for the year’s remainder Jan. 10, and Hummel and Price would have had to clear waivers by then.
Teams had until 4 p.m. CT to waive players they intended to remove immediately from their rosters.