Western FA Notes: Muhammad, Holiday, Young

A theme is developing in Minnesota as head coach Tom Thibodeau slowly molds the young Timberwolves into a modern day version of his old team. Consider Justin Holiday the latest former Bulls rotation piece that the T-Wolves have expressed an interest in, Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders writes.

Holiday would join Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson with the Wolves, should the organization seek to sign the 28-year-old 3-and-D specialist.

The Bulls and Knicks, the team with whom Holiday averaged 7.7 points per game for in 2016/17, are both said to be interested in retaining the swingman’s services.

There’s more today as free agency rolls along:

  • The Timberwolves will likely have to renounce Shabazz Muhammad in the wake of today’s two-year, $28MM agreement with Taj Gibson, tweets Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News. He adds that Muhammad’s representatives have been notifying teams that he is now an unrestricted free agent (Twitter link).
  • Nick Young has emerged as a candidate for the Warriors‘ $5.2MM exception, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The Pelicans can offer more playing time and a larger role in the offense, notes David Aldridge of TNT (Twitter link), but Young may opt for the chance for a ring.
  • Gordon Hayward will meet with Jazz officials in San Diego, not Utah, on Monday, tweets Jody Genessy of The Deseret News. Coach Quin Snyder, GM Dennis Lindsey and team president Steve Starks will be among Utah’s delegation.
  • The Rockets‘ interest in Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert is “basically dead,” according to Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). The teams had trade discussions regarding Shumpert on Saturday before Houston signed Tucker.
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7 thoughts on “Western FA Notes: Muhammad, Holiday, Young

  1. icedog7229

    Well he didn’t win in Chicago with them. Might as well try it in Minnesota

        • Jay Patel

          They had a League MVP who pretty much destroyed his KNEE.

          As for Noah, he was overrated.

          KAT, Dieng, Wiggins, Butler, & Teague as Starting 5 looks good on paper. Gibson off the bench gives them a bench option. Still need bench pieces but I can see this team finally getting a Playoff spot.


      Or New Orleans with his Brother! He’ll start and get significant playing time, rather than ride the bench!

  2. formerlyz

    Holliday is a good fit for them as a combo guard/small 3 that can shoot. I think he fits a few teams, so it should be interesting to see where he goes…

    Shabazz being unrestricted should be an interesting storyline. He could be good for a few teams looking for scoring on the wing

    Nick Young should easily be able to top that money after the year he had last year. He improved defensively and was really good. He arguably could make $10-13 million for 3 years, with the 3rd year being partially guaranteed. Maybe I’m off and his market is closer to $7-8 million b/c of past issues. He fits on a bunch of teams looking for wing help though. Would be a really good add for GS, if it happens, although that would leave them needing to find a big at the minimum, without having that exception to use


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