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Saunders called on second-year players Dieng to gain weight this offseason and Muhammad to lose some. Muhammad, who was listed at 6-6, 225 pounds last season, is believed to have lost about seven or eight pounds, and Saunders said the Wolves would like him to lose about 15 before the start of the season. Dieng, who was listed at 6-11, 245 pounds, has gained "a lot" of weight and "good" strength, Saunders said. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Saunders said he expects Dieng, Shved and Muhammad to play at Vegas Summer League next month. He also wants Chase Budinger to come to Minneapolis for three days of practice before and possibly even play a couple games in Vegas so Saunders and his staff can see how Budinger's knee rehab is going. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The father of NBA rookie Shabazz Muhammad was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison and ordered to repay almost $1.7 million in restitution after pleading guilty in a Las Vegas mortgage fraud case. Ronald Holmes apologized Thursday before Senior U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks sentenced him in Las Vegas to 37 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Journal Review

A federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas. Ron Holmes pleaded guilty in December in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a $2.5-million mortgage fraud scheme. Los Angeles Times

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Little more than a year ago, star freshman Shabazz Muhammad led UCLA to its first PAC-12 regular season title in five years. It was the pinnacle of a season in which the Bruins were beset by NCAA investigations related to Muhammad’s recruitment. The team ended that season with a first-round loss in the NCAA tournament. After all the tumult, coach Ben Howland was fired and Muhammad left early for the NBA. Still, Muhammad’s time in Westwood looms large: A filing last week in a federal bank fraud case against Muhammad’s father, Ron Holmes, calls into question whether Muhammad should have played in college that year, and whether UCLA deserves the conference championship banner. buzzfeed.com

Holmes arranged for a loan in anticipation of his son’s future NBA earnings and agreed to receive as much as $300,000 a year once Muhammad went pro, according to a memo filed by Daniel R. Schiess, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada. The memo was Schiess’ response to a request from Holmes’ attorneys to limit his sentence to one year and one day in prison plus at least 2,500 hours of community service. Holmes had pled guilty of conspiracy to commit federal fraud in December. “While raising children and serving the community is praiseworthy, it appears that Holmes’ motives were not completely virtuous. He intended to get something out of it for himself,” Schiess wrote in the memo, which asked that Holmes receive 37 months incarceration. “He told the FBI in his March 21, 2013 interview that he had been living off of a loan tied to his son’s [Shabazz Muhammad] projected earnings as a top NBA prospect.” buzzfeed.com

February 19, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves have received trade calls from multiple teams inquiring about the availability of Shabazz Muhammad, a league source tells RealGM. Muhammad was the 14th overall pick in last June's draft, but has played sparingly for the Wolves during his rookie season. RealGM

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