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Shabazz Muhammad, Shawne Williams

The news that the Wolves have assigned rookie Shabazz Muhammad to their NBA D-League affiliate in Des Moines is good. Playing with the Iowa Energy (including erstwhile Timberwolf Othyus Jeffers) for at least a week will give Muhammad some burn, and it’s clear from his recent short stints off the bench at the end of blowouts that he’s hungry to get going and actually do something on a court (over the last five games he’s averaging 12.7 points per 36 minutes on 50% shooting).

I’ve already seen at least one person say that you don’t send your first rounders down to the D-League, and the comment section on that Star Tribune post couldn’t be clearer: “Just another fine example of the Wolves terrible draft history”; “Meanwhile Trey Burke [picked by the Wolves then traded for the picks that would become Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng] named Rookie of the Month”; “A top 15 pick going to play in the D-league. What’s wrong with this picture”. Continue Reading…

As has been long-rumored, Jonny Flynn will put in a rehab stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Flynn will most likely play in both games of the Skyforce’s weekend back-to-back against the Reno Bighorns and the Iowa Energy. Both of those names are amazing.

Here is Flynn’s response, according to Jerry Zgoda at the Star-Tribune: “I had to go back. I couldn’t miss that Sioux Falls trip. I got to go back.” Boy, coming from anyone but the preternaturally cheerful, entirely sincere Jonny Flynn that sure would sound like sarcasm.

Zgoda also says that “if all goes well, he could play his first NBA game next week.” Things really are going to look different when that happens, aren’t they?