Minnesota Timberwolves Player News: All Positions

News: Covington is "on course" to be ready for training camp, Dane Moore of Zone Coverage reports.
Impact: Covington ended up missing extended time after coming over from Philadelphia as part of the Jimmy Butler deal, and his season officially ended on a sour note, as he underwent surgery late in the regular season. All indications are that the versatile, three-and-D wing will be back in the fold by the time training camp rolls around, and he'll make for an appealing fantasy asset as the expected starter at power forward. However, the knee injury means Covington, who averaged 2.1 steals in 35 games last season, will carry some increased injury risk.
News: Martin and the Timberwolves have agreed to a two-way contract, Charlie Clifford of WISH-TV reports.
Impact: Martin played in Germany last season, averaging 14.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 25.7 minutes. He spent 2019 Summer League with the Wolves, posting 12.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 21.8 minutes. While those stats don't jump off the page, he impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a two-way contract.
News: Nowell agreed Tuesday with the Timberwolves on a contract that includes around $1.4 million guaranteed in 2019-20 followed by three years of team options, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports.
Impact: The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year slipped into the second round in the draft in June before the Timberwolves nabbed him with the 43rd overall pick. The Wolves weren't able to get a glimpse of Nowell in the Las Vegas Summer League while he dealt with a minor quadriceps injury, but the team's decision to sign him implies there's no concern about his availability for training camp. The 20-year-old isn't expected to capture a rotation role as a rookie and could move back and forth between the NBA and the G League on a regular basis.
News: Coach Ryan Saunders said Tuesday that "there is a strong possibility" that Covington (knee) opens the season as the Timberwolves' starting power forward, Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Impact: Covington has worked primarily as a small forward during his NBA career, but his combination of size (6-foot-9, 225 pounds) and shooting ability shouldn't put him at a major disadvantage at the other forward spot. Aside from potentially opening up more rebounding opportunities for Covington, a position change likely won't dramatically impact the 28-year-old's overall production. The Timberwolves' main motivation to shift Covington to power forward would be to open up minutes on the wing for rookie Jarrett Culver and offseason pickup Jake Layman. Covington didn't play after Dec. 31 due to a right knee injury that ultimately required surgery, but he's expected to be back to full health for training camp.
News: McLaughlin agreed to a two-way contract with the Timberwolves on Saturday.
Impact: McLaughlin, undrafted out of USC in 2018, appeared in 39 games with the G League's Long Island Nets last season. He averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals. Joining the Wolves for 2019 summer league, McLaughlin posted 9.9 points, 5.0 assists and 3.9 rebounds in seven games. Per the nature of two-way deals, McLaughlin will spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the G League with the Iowa Wolves.
News: Reid, who was initially set to be given a two-way contract, has signed a standard NBA contract with the Timberwolves, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After a strong showing in Las Vegas, Reid has earned a spot on Minnesota's regular roster. In seven summer league contests, he averaged 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists across just 18.6 minutes. He also shot 38.1 percent from deep on 3.0 attempts per game. Reid will compete for backup minutes with Gorgui Dieng, Jordan Bell and Noah Vonleh.
News: Okogie's (lower leg) status for Monday's Las Vegas Summer League title game is unclear, Darren Wolfson of Skor North reports.
Impact: Okogie departed Saturday's game with a bruise on his left shin, and while he's considered "fine" by team officials, the Wolves may still opt to sit him out in what's ultimately a meaningless contest.
News: Okogie won't return to Saturday's summer league game due to a left lower leg contusion.
Impact: Okogie sustained the injury at some point during the first half and the severity of the issue remains unclear. Jared Terrell started the second half in his absence for the Timberwolves.
News: Okogie finished with 11 points (3-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal across 21 minutes during the Timberwolves' 90-87 win over the Heat in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: Okogie is now averaging 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 block across 22.3 minutes over four summer league games. However, his shot has been a disappointment overall, as the second-year guard has drained just 31.0 percent of his attempts in the desert. The 2018 first-round pick has a considerable NBA experience advantage on many of the players he's facing after logging 74 games in his rookie campaign, but the same issues that led to a 38.6 percent success rate from the floor last season seem to still be present thus far.
News: Reid posted 15 points (5-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT0, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 26 minutes during the Timberwolves' 90-87 win over the Heat in a Las Vegas Summer League game Wednesday.
Impact: The undrafted rookie's strong summer continued Wednesday, and with the double-double performance, he pushed his averages in Las Vegas to 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 18.3 minutes (four games). Reid could conceivably make a preseason push for role in the frontcourt rotation this coming season, although he'll be battling several veterans big men with solid track records for positioning.
News: Reid finished with 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt), four rebounds and three assists across 21 minutes in the Timberwolves' 100-91 win over the Bucks in the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday.
Impact: Reid remained in the starting lineup on Monday, finishing with a solid stat line. In three games in the LSVL, he's averaged 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.
News: Wallace was claimed off waivers by the Timberwolves on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The California product was recently cut loose by the Clippers in the aftermath of Kawhi Leonard's signing and Paul George's deal but he didn't last long on the free-agent market. Wallace had a disappointing season last year, averaging just 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds over 62 games played. The 24-year-old will look for a fresh start with Minnesota moving forward and will compete for minutes at the point-guard position.
News: Culver will not play in summer league, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It looks like the Timberwolves are not at all concerned with Culver's participation in summer league, as the rookie is expected to play a fairly significant role in his first NBA season. Culver may be in line to be one of the first guards to come off the bench behind Andrew Wiggins and Josh Okogie.
News: Okogie totaled 15 points (4-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), seven rebounds and three blocks across 22 minutes in Sunday's 90-66 win over the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: Timberwolves fans and fantasy players alike are very familiar with Okogie, who served as an ample injury replacement in Minnesota's backcourt last season. Okogie is currently in the driver's seat for a starting role, but he'll face some competition from rookie Jarrett Culver and Keita Bates-Diop.
News: Bates-Diop finished with 11 points (3-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 25 minutes in Sunday's 90-66 win over the Hawks in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: The second-year forward from Ohio State followed up a 17 point effort on Friday with an 11-rebound game in the blowout win. Bates-Diop was a consistent presence with the Timberwolves in the second half of the season, and one could assume his presence in Las Vegas hints at an increased role for him in 2019.
News: Jones agreed Sunday to a three-year, $24 million offer sheet with Memphis, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Jones and the Timberwolves were unable to come to terms on a contract, so Minnesota will now have just two days to match the offer or else turn his rights over to Memphis. The point guard put up career-high averages in points (6.9 per game), rebounds (2.0) and assists (4.8) in 2018-19 while playing in 68 contest.
News: Culver will sit out of Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League game against the Hawks due to rest purposes.
Impact: Culver didn't arrive in Las Vegas until late Saturday night, per Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com, so he won't be available Sunday. Culver's next chance to play will come Monday against the Bucks.
News: Nowell (quadriceps) is listed as out for Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League matchup with the Hawks.
Impact: A bruised right quad will push Nowell's summer league debut back another day, with the second-round pick's next chance to play coming Monday against the Bucks.
News: Culver did not practice with the Timberwolves on Saturday and his status for Sunday's Las Vegas Summer League game against the Hawks is unclear, Dane Moore of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Impact: The Timberwolves' draft day trade to acquire Culver just became official Saturday, so that might be part of the hang-up. More information may arrive as gametime draws closer.
News: Bates-Diop totaled 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds, an assist and a steal across 24 minutes in the Timberwolves' 85-75 win over the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: Bates-Diop paced the Wolves in scoring in Friday's win over Cleveland, knocking down 70 percent of his shots, including three triples. The 2018 second-round pick played meaningful minutes for Minnesota at the end of last season with multiple injuries plaguing the team. His role for the upcoming season could realistically grow with Derrick Rose, Dario Saric and Taj Gibson gone and Robert Covington and Jeff Teague possibly on the trading block.
News: Reid finished with nine points (3-6 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and an assist across 14 minutes in the Timberwolves' 85-75 win over the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday.
Impact: Reid, a standout rookie center from LSU, is on a two-way deal with the Wolves and will be fighting to earn NBA playing time next season. The big man had an efficient night shooting and even drained two three-pointers in Friday's win.
News: Nowell is out for Friday's Las Vegas Summer League game against the Cavaliers due to a right quad contusion.
Impact: There's no indication the injury is serious, but there's no reason to risk Nowell's health considering it's an exhibition. His next chance to play arrives Sunday against the Hawks.
News: Layman will sign a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Layman will be acquired in a sign-and-trade deal, although it's unclear what Portland's expected to get in return. The third-year forward translated an expanded role in 2018-19 into career-high averages across the board. Across 71 games, Layman averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 threes in 18.7 minutes while shooting 50.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three and 70.4 percent from the line. While it's unclear exactly what role Layman's expected to see in Minnesota, he'll likely find minutes at both of the forward positions.
News: Vonleh has agreed to a one-year contract with the Timberwolves, Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Vonleh is coming off the best year of his career and started 57 of his 68 appearances with the Knicks. Capable of playing both power forward and center, Vonleh should provide extra frontcourt help for the Wolves. However, it's unlikely he'll reach the 25.3 minutes per game he saw last year given the presence of Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Jordan Bell, Robert Covington and Treveon Graham.
News: Bell agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with Minnesota on Monday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: The Warriors did extend a qualifying offer, so Golden State could match Minnesota's offer if they choose. Bell appeared in 68 games a season ago with the Warriors, averaging 3.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 11.6 minutes per contest.
News: The Timberwolves agreed Monday to acquire Napier as part of a three-team deal involving the Warriors and Nets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Warriors initially picked up Napier and Treveon Graham on Sunday as supplementary pieces in the sign-and-trade deal that sent D'Angelo Russell from Brooklyn to Golden State. Russell was the Warriors' only target in the deal, so it's not too surprising that Napier and Graham will be re-routed elsewhere as Golden State looks to free up more cap space. Napier, who has one year left on his contract, may not be long for the Minnesota roster either, but he'll have a better chance of finding minutes with the Timberwolves than he would with the Warriors.
News: Graham will be dealt to the Timberwolves as part of Sunday night's sign-and-trade involving D'Angelo Russell, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: It was rumored Sunday night that Graham would be part of the deal, and he'll be re-routed from Golden State to Minnesota. It's unclear at this point if the Wolves will keep Graham around. The fourth-year forward appeared in 35 games for Brooklyn last season, averaging 5.3 points and 3.1 rebounds.
News: Reynolds was waived by the Timberwolves on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Undrafted out of Tulane last season, Reynolds saw limited action for the Wolves last season as a rookie. There may not be much of a market for Reynolds, so it's possible he lands in the G League next year.
News: Jones was extended a qualifying offer by the Timberwolves on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Jones will now be a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning the Timberwolves will have the ability to match any offer he receives. The Duke product has struggled to assert himself through four NBA seasons, though he did start a career-high 23 games last season amid injuries to Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose.
News: Battle has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Timberwolves, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Battle, a two-time All-ACC team selected, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season, he averaged 17.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals with Syracuse.
News: Brown will play on the Timberwolves' summer league team, Michael Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brown is coming off a very productive four-year career at Kansas State where he was consistently one of the Big 12's best players. While he did average 14.6 points per game in his senior year, he was most known for his defensive prowess, winning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this past season.
News: Murphy signed a summer league contract with the Timberwolves on Friday, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Murphy turned into a double-double machine late in his college career and was at the peak of his powers during his junior season where he averaged 16.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, both of which ended up being career bests. At 6-foot-6, however, Murphy is a bit of a tweener at the next level and doesn't yet have the shooting ability to play the power forward position in the NBA.
News: Reid signed a two-way contract with the Timberwolves on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Reid was expected be to selected in the second round of Thursday's draft, but it may have worked out better for the former LSU standout with the signing of a two-way deal. Reid will be allowed to spend up to 45 days with the Timberwolves once the regular season starts, so he will likely spend a good portion of his rookie year in the G League.
News: Nowell has been drafted by the Timberwolves with the 43rd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: Nowell was named the 2018-19 Pac-12 Player of the Year. He averaged 16.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals across 34.4 minutes. He figures to be a good shooter at the NBA level considering he shot 51-of-116 (44.0 percent) last season with Washington.
News: Saric -- along with the No. 11 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft -- was traded to the Suns in exchange for the No. 6 pick in the draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Saric will join a Suns team that traded away TJ Warren earlier in the day Thursday in what amounted to a salary dump. For now, Saric looks like a potential starter at power forward for Phoenix, though that could change as the draft and free agency unfold. Last year, Saric averaged 10.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 25 minutes a game while appearing in 81 contests for the Timberwolves and 76ers.
News: Wiggins has committed to play for Team Canada at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Arash Madani of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: While Wiggins has been somewhat of a disappointment at the NBA level, he remains one of the top Canadian players in the league, and his presence on the roster should provide a major boost as Team Canada attempts to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Wiggins closed the 2018-19 season -- his fifth in the NBA -- with averages of 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.