May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Shabazz Muhammad is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves Say Shabazz Muhammad Will Come Off Bench

As short as a few months ago, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad was projected to be a top five pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, possibly even top three. However, Muhammad’s draft stock slowly began to crumble which lead to the guard falling all the way to the 14th pick, where the Utah Jazz selected the Co-Pac 12 Freshman of the Year before trading him to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Timberwolves general manager and president Flip Saunders has long coveted Muhammad but doesn’t plan to throw him to the wolves during his rookie campaign, suggesting that he will come off the bench this season.

Per Jon Krawczynski:

Flip says Muhammad will come off bench. They’ll go into free agency/trades looking for a starting 2.

A lot of floor time Muhammad may or may not receive will come from the contractual decision of Andrei Kirilenko, who is still deliberating to opt in or out of his player contract which would pay him over $10 million dollars for the upcoming season.

The Wolves will also continue their attempts to trade Luke Ridnour and/or Jose Barea to create available minutes.

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