- Target Center
|5||C||6' 11"||252||01/18/1990 (29)||5|
|32||C||7' 0"||248||11/15/1995 (23)||3|
|2||PF||6' 9"||224||01/07/1995 (24)||1|
|32||PF||6' 9"||250||08/24/1995 (24)||4|
|3||PG||6' 3"||227||02/10/1995 (24)||0|
|0||PG||6' 2"||195||06/10/1988 (31)||9|
|8||PG||6' 3"||200||08/20/1988 (31)||10|
|0||PG||6' 1"||185||04/09/1996 (23)||0|
|55||PG||6' 6"||225||04/27/1992 (27)||0|
|13||PG||6' 1"||180||07/14/1991 (28)||4|
|22||SF||6' 8"||194||02/23/1995 (24)||4|
|10||SF||6' 9"||215||03/07/1994 (25)||2|
|31||SF||6' 9"||229||01/23/1996 (23)||0|
|9||SF||6' 9"||237||04/16/1985 (34)||14|
|33||SF||6' 9"||225||12/14/1990 (28)||5|
|21||SF||6' 5"||225||10/28/1993 (25)||2|
|12||SG||6' 5"||226||02/06/1990 (29)||1|
|20||SG||6' 4"||212||09/01/1998 (20)||0|
|9||SG||6' 5"||198||06/10/1994 (25)||1|
Free agent power forward Taj Gibson will join the New York Knicks next season, but the veteran finds himself in an unenviable position in terms of playing time. The Knicks signed two younger bigs, Julius Randle and Bobby Portis, who will likely be prioritized on a young New York squad, leaving Gibson to be a veteran presence whose actual playing time is likely to vary. As the fourth big on the team, hes unlikely to be a huge fantasy contributor, making this a tough move for a player who started 139 of the 152 games he played as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Expect Gibsons scoring average to drop down into single digits.
The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a two-year deal with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. The point guard joins Detroit after playing 51 games last year for the Timberwolves. Rose averaged 18 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while posting the highest effective field goal percentage of his career last season, a huge comeback for Rose. But there are questions about Roses health and how much his bounce back year can be believed, especially if Rose is asked to carry the starting job in Detroit. Hes bound to be overdrafted in fantasy leagues this season based on last years production, but there are plenty of reasons to not believe that Rose can sustain that with a larger offensive load as a Piston.
Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard/small forward Andrew Wiggins provided 25 points, but it was not enough as the Nuggets closed out the game on a 15-0 run to seal the win. Wiggins was more efficient on this night as he connected on 11-for-20 shooting and added five rebounds and four assists while making half of his six attempts from three. Wiggins continues to be a high-usage, low-efficiency wing who did up his defensive numbers this season to 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks. He is a tough player to draft with his low percentages, so tread lightly with the Canadian in next year's drafts.
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward/center Gorgui Dieng once again got the start in the middle with Karl-Anthony Towns (knee) out and he did not disappoint in the 99-95 loss. Dieng would have been a popular DFS option as he scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added two assists with three steals and two makes from three in 34 minutes. Dieng is a fantasy stud when given the minutes and he still is owed $33-plus million over the next two seasons. It will be interesting to see what direction the T-Wolves go with their lengthy big man.
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones scored eight points while handing out eight dimes in the four-point loss to the Nuggets. Jones has done an admirable job stepping up to fill the void at the point guard spot with Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague having season-ending injuries. Tyus Jones has a qualifying offer for next season and has shown to be a solid point guard in this league, so keep an eye on him in deep leagues for next season's drafts.