With his rookie contract coming to an end, Timberwolves wing Shabazz Muhammad will have new representation for his first foray into free agency. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical (via Twitter), Muhammad has signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.
As Jake Fischer of SI.com observes (via Twitter), Muhammad had previously been represented by Rob Pelinka of Landmark Sports. When Pelinka was hired by the Lakers as the team’s new general manager, his clients were up for grabs, though some – such as James Harden and Andre Iguodala – have already indicated that they’ll remain with Landmark’s other reps. Muhammad is the first former Pelinka client to leave for another agency, per Fischer.
It should be an interesting offseason for Muhammad, who will be eligible for restricted free agency. Assuming the Timberwolves tender him a qualifying offer, which will be worth about $4.188MM, Minnesota will have the opportunity to match any offer sheet the 24-year-old may sign with a rival suitor.
In his fourth NBA season, Muhammad averaged 9.9 PPG and 2.8 RPG, with a shooting line of .482/.336/.774. The former 14th overall pick has been a regular rotation player for the last three years in Minnesota, averaging 20.5 minutes per contest in 198 total regular season games during that stretch.
The Nets are among the teams rumored to have some interest in Muhammad.