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Nets, Lakers Eye Shabazz Muhammad

The Nets and Lakers are among the several teams reportedly interested in Shabazz Muhammad, as Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities hears (Twitter link). Timberwolves GM Milt Newton nonetheless has no intention of dealing the former 14th overall pick anytime soon, Wolfson adds, which jibes with Tuesday’s report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, who wrote that the Wolves are unwilling to part with Muhammad despite the admiration he’s drawing from other front offices.

Brooklyn expects to be without Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for the next eight to 10 weeks, so it makes sense that the team would be looking at swingmen like Muhammad. Conflicting reports exist about whether the Nets have started gauging the interest that other teams have in trading for small forward Bojan Bogdanovic, a suggestion that Brooklyn was perhaps already anxious to make changes on the wing before the Hollis-Jefferson injury. GM Billy King told Sarah Kustok of the YES Network on Tuesday that the team would explore making roster moves but would give its current roster a chance “until we can find another option.”

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak accepts at least partial culpability for his team’s slow start and has called for a greater emphasis on player development. Muhammad, 23, would fit the mold of a growing team, though the Timberwolves have the aim of building around a young nucleus themselves. The retiring Kobe Bryant has been the starting small forward for the Lakers this season.

Muhammad, the top prospect in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index when he came out of high school in 2012, is making nearly $2.057MM on his rookie scale contract this season and has one more season to go on the pact, but he can negotiate a rookie scale extension this summer. He’s off to a slow start this season, seeing fewer minutes than he did in 2014/15 and shooting just 25.8% from behind the arc, compared to 39.2% last year.

How much do you think these teams should be willing to offer to try to see if they can pry Muhammad from the Timberwolves? Leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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11 thoughts on “Nets, Lakers Eye Shabazz Muhammad

  1. aarongill

    Anthony brown and a second for him? Make it happen lakers!

  2. ClancyJ

    The Timberwolves shouldn’t trade anybody. See what the young pups can do.

  3. Nathan

    The wolves should accept nothing less than Brandon Bass and Jordan Clarkson. Muhammad is a very good player.

    • aarongill

      Lakers would never accept that offer. To get him they wouldn’t away someone who is better than him and is a part of their future. If he was a “very good player” he would be playing more than 18 minutes

      • formerlyz

        Your offer was just as bad

        • aarongill

          Then what would you offer then?

    • jeremy

      So you want the lakers to trade a good player in Clarkson for a guy who not as good and can’t shoot 3s

  4. Sal Tarantino

    Muhammed needs to get out of Minnesota, so he can get big minutes.

  5. Dana Gauruder

    Probably would require a protected first-rounder to pry away a young player like Muhammad.

    • formerlyz

      I don’t really see why Minnesota would move him. I think if anything, they would look to move Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Martin, Pekovic, or Rubio before anyone else

  6. NageGelson1

    They need to play him more minutes! He average almost 14ppg last year in 23 min. Imagine what he could do in 33min

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