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Two of the three injured Timberwolves starters had positive developments Wednesday -- but their returns likely remain weeks away. Center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and guard Kevin Martin (wrist) both participated in contract drills Wednesday morning. "They are making a little bit of progress," Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. The Wolves, however, remain cautious with point guard Ricky Rubio (ankle). "He still has some soreness after ... he runs," Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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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

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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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Jon Krawczynski: Flip says Rubio and Martin probably not back until some time in January. Pek and Turiaf closer to return but at least another 10 days Twitter @APkrawczynski

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