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January 6, 2015 Updates

The NBA today named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins as its Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for December. This is the second consecutive month Wiggins has earned the honor, becoming the first Timberwolves player to win the award multiple times in the same season. Wiggins led all Western Conference rookies in scoring (14.6 ppg) and minutes played (33.9) during December, while ranking 2nd in blocks (0.6 bpg), 3rd in rebounding (4.1 rpg) and 4th in steals (0.87 spg). He tallied 20+ points five times during the month, and was the Wolves top scorer on four occasions. Wiggins finished the month averaging 20.0 points on 50.8% shooting during the team's month-closing four-game road trip. NBA.com

Minnesota coach Flip Saunders missed the Timberwolves' game against Denver on Monday night because of an illness. Saunders has been battling the bug that has circulated through the team for a few days and was hopeful he could make it to the game after skipping the morning shootaround. But by Monday afternoon it became clear he wasn't feeling well enough to coach, so assistant Sam Mitchell took over. USA Today Sports

January 5, 2015 Updates
January 4, 2015 Updates

Muhammad has definitely gotten better, but by changing his eating habits. He has gone from a fastbreak of double cheeseburgers as a rookie to dedicating himself to chicken salad, from approximately 245 pounds to 215 the second season, from out of shape as late as summer league last July to beach workouts that left him puking on the sands of Santa Monica, Calif., and because of it has gone from a focus of criticism to re-affirming his spot as part of the Minnesota future. NBA.com

Muhammad's usual release of getting on the court was not available -- he could barely get on the court. Instead, he ate himself to a weight that once seemed unimaginable. He heard the dissections that he was a selfish player and, as 2013-14 slipped away, that Minnesota would regret the choice. It has all made this season that much more satisfying. NBA.com

What did you do in the summer to lose 30 pounds? Shabazz Muhammad: I worked out with this guy (Frank Matrisciano) that used to work out with Blake Griffin for two years. He really got my weight where it needed to be and got me stronger and it really helped me out a lot. It was a lot of sand work. A lot of running, medicine balls. It was a lot of stuff. I loved doing it. Like I said, Blake Griffin did it for two years and his game went to the next level. It's something I can't wait to have also. NBA.com

January 3, 2015 Updates
January 2, 2015 Updates

Wolves coach Flip Saunders said before the game that Martin might get a game or two in the D-League as a tune-up before his Wolves return. Martin, though, sounded like a guy who didn’t think that was necessary. “That would be my decision,” Martin said. “I don’t know how much sense that makes. I haven’t been out a year. I had this injury before, I know what it takes for me to get back. I’ll just see. I’m all right. I’m a gazelle. I can run all day.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

It’s been five weeks since Kevin Martin had his broken right wrist operated on, four weeks since he started rehab. But his wrist is feeling so good Martin said it’s not out of the question that he might return within two more weeks. “Hopefully sooner,” he said. He took a number of shots Wednesday and did so again Thursday, without pain. Suddenly a timeline that indicated a return after eight to 10 weeks of rehab — a return in six weeks was the best-case scenario — has perhaps been shortened. It was assumed that Martin would return after both Ricky Rubio (ankle) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle). Now he might be the first of the three to return. “It actually feels good,” Martin said. “I really thought this one was going to be closer to the 10-week mark. … But it feels good. I have to get some swelling down, but there is progress.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

January 1, 2015 Updates

Saunders said stints in the NBA Development League could be possible for both Martin and Pekovic but probably not Rubio. The Wolves' D-League affiliate is the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants. However, Saunders said those players could go to other teams in the minor league based on what might provide a better fit. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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