Timberwolves Injury Update: Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad expected to practice sometime this week

The Minnesota Timberwolves have split their first two games of the preseason coming off a 40-42 record last season. At 26th in the league in points allowed last season, the Timberwolves need to improve on their defense to compete in the division and conference. On the injury front, Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad are expected to practice this week, but it’s uncertain whether or not either will play on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks. TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsI reported on October 6 that Martin would miss the first preseason game against the Indiana Pacers with an abductor strain. Kent Youngblood, sports writer at StarTribune.com, tweeted the following on Martin and Muhammad.Flip Saunders said he expects both Martin and Shabazz to be able to practice at some point this week, Muhammad as early as Sunday.— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) October 11, 2014Muhammad played 25 minutes in the preseason opener, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in 25 minutes. …

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Coach Martin sees improvement for South Carolina

South Carolina coach Martin hopes offseason improvement leads to winning basketball season

      
 

 

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Timberwolves Injury Update: Kevin Martin declared out for Tuesday’s game with abductor strain

The Minnesota Timberwolves approach the first preseason game coming off a season in which they won 40 games, third in the Northwest Division. Although strong on the offensive end of the court, the Timberwolves were 26th in points allowed at 104.3 points per game. The team will be without Kevin Martin for the first preseason game due to an abductor strain. TonyTheTiger via Wikimedia CommonsJerry Zgoda, who covers the Timberwolves for the Star Tribune, tweeted the following on Martin’s status.KMartin didn’t practice today because of that injury, now being called an abductor strain, and won’t play Tues at Indiana— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) October 5, 2014With Martin out of the lineup, expect Alexey Shved to see additional playing time, as well as Glenn Robinson III and perhaps Robbie Hummel and Shabazz MuhammadMartin appeared in 68 games with the Timberwolves last season and averaged 19.1 points and three rebounds per game. The 10-year NBA veteran has played for the Sacramento Kings, Houston

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Timberwolves’ Kevin Martin Claims He Learned of Kevin Love’s Trade a Month Late

NBA All-Star Kevin Love’s move from the Minnesota Timberwolves to join LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers was one of the biggest transactions of the offseason (actually, second only to LeBron’s), but one former teammate claims he learned about it more than a month later.

In an interview with Jerry Zgoda of the Star TribuneMartin claims he first heard of Love’s trade when he arrived at training camp:

“I didn’t know Kevin Love got traded until yesterday,” Martin said with a straight face at Monday’s annual media day at Target Center that preceded a midnight start to training camp in Mankato. “I’m not big on looking at blogs and all that.”

The “blogs and all that?” You didn’t talk to your teammates, coaches, any fans or turn on a computer or television during the entire offseason?

We’re not buying it. Either Martin is the most off-the-grid athlete in all of professional sports or he’s attempting to pull a fast one on us (that really has no benefit other than to mess with the media).

 

[Star Tribuneh/t USA Today‘s FTW, Ball Don’t Lie)

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Bulls Rumors: Bulls pursuing trade for Kevin Martin?

Despite losing out on the Carmelo Anthony, the Chicago Bulls have found other alternatives to boost their offense. They have already acquired Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott. It appears they might not be done yet, as the Bulls have contacted the Minnesota Timberwolves in regards to the availability of guard Kevin Martin.Image by TonyTheTiger, via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to a recent ESPN report:”The Chicago Bulls have been in contact with the Minnesota Timberwolves in regards to acquiring the services of small forward Kevin Martin. Reportedly, the trade would include Mike Dunleavy, youngster Tony Snell and a 2015 second round-pick.”The 6’7 Martin is a ten year veteran who has played for the Sacramento Kings, the Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Timberwolves. Last season he played 68 games for the Timberwolves, averaging 19.1 points per game. He is a prolific scorer with three point range. He has made 38.5% of his three point attem…

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Minnesota Timberwolves: Four reasons Kevin Martin steps up his game

It may seem odd to predict a significant improvement in play from a 31 year old player like Kevin Martin, but I think that there are a lot of differences from this year to last for Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Reason number one: As a shooting guard, Martin’s main job on the basketball court is to put the ball in the hoop. Martin did pretty well at that last year, scoring around 19 points a game and shooting 43 percent from the field and above 38 percent from beyond the arc. However, for much of the season last year, Martin was dealing with a lacerated pinky finger, and while that is certainly an injury that Martin could play through, you could tell by watching Martin play that the injury was throwing off his shot, even if it was off only slightly so.

Reason number two: Another reason I think Martin will improve is the fact that he will be the main outside shooting threat for the Timberwolves, which will lead to him getting more chances to shoot and more chances to get into a groove. Even before K

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Pistons announce deals with Martin, Gray (Yahoo Sports)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have formally announced contract agreements with forward Cartier Martin and center Aaron Gray.

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Martin likes South Carolina’s improved ethic

South Carolina coach Martin says Gamecock players competing more strongly this offseason

      
 

 

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Jodie Meeks, Cartier Martin sign with Pistons

The Detroit Pistons were looking to make a few moves this offseason, and they got off to a quick start today by signing both Jodie Meeks and Cartier Martin. According to reports, Meeks’ deal is worth $19 million over three seasons and terms were not released on Martin’s contract. These to players will fit very nicely in Stan Van Gundy’s system, and it has been well known that Van Gundy likes to shoot threes. Jodie Meeks has agreed to a three-year, $19 million-plus contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014 Free agent Cartier Martin has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, league source tells Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014 Meeks will likely have a fairly large role with the Pistons next season, and is coming off of a very nice year with the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game, and also ended up shooting 40.1% from behind t

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NC State’s Caleb Martin has foot surgery (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina State freshman forward Caleb Martin is recovering from surgery to repair a broken right foot. The school says Martin underwent surgery to repair a fracture in the fifth metatarsal in Martin’s right foot over the weekend. Martin is expected to recover in 8-12 weeks, which should have him ready before the start of preseason practice.

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