Report | Shabazz Muhammad finalizing deal with Timberwolves

March 11, 2016: Oklahoma City Thunder Center Enes Kanter (11) and Minnesota Timberwolves Guard Shabazz Muhammad (15) both going for a rebound at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Torrey Purvey/Icon Sportswire)
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Free agent wing Shabazz Muhammad is finalizing a deal to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The Timberwolves pulled their qualifying offer to Muhammad back in July, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Amazingly enough, no other teams scooped up the youngster, allowing Minnesota to circle back to him and attempt to retain him.

Last year, the 24-year-old played in 78 games, making just one start. He averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game, shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 77.4 percent from the free-throw line. Muhammad, who played his collegiate basketball at UCLA, was originally selected by the Utah Jazz with the 14th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, but he was immediately traded to the Timberwolves alongside big man Gorgui Dieng in exchange guard Trey Burke.

He played only scarcely during his rookie campaign, taking the floor 37 times and tallying 3.9 points per game off of a 46 percent clip.

The following year, he played in just 37 contests due to various injuries, including a busted middle finger that required surgery. However, he showed significant improvement during the time in which he did play that season, recording 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 22.8 minutes a night while making 48.9 percent of his field-goal tries, 39.2 percent of his long-distance attempts and 71.7 percent of his foul shots.

However, with Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine in tow, Muhammad was never able to get a big opportunity in Minnesota. LaVine is now gone, but Jimmy Butler is now aboard, meaning that if Muhammad does, in fact, re-sign with the Timberwolves, his role may be somewhat limited once again.

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