The Wolves have made their first move to address the lack of depth on the wing by bringing back a familiar face, Shabazz Muhammad.
Free agent guard Shabazz Muhammad is finalizing a deal to return to Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 12, 2017
The Wolves initially issued Muhammad his qualifying offer of $7.6 million for one-year on June 26th but when Muhammad did not accept that deal and no other deal could be reached Minnesota renounced Muhammad’s rights on July 10th. The renouncing of his rights made Muhammad an unrestricted free agent.
As a UFA, Muhammad’s market was cold, to say the least. After finding no suitors for his services Muhammad has now circled back to Minnesota who can only offer a minimum contract. With four years of NBA experience, Muhammad’s minimum salary amounts to $1,577,230.
This is a coup for the Wolves.
Having signed Muhammad to his qualifying offer or any other deal for more than the minimum could have had an adverse effect on the others moves this offseason. While Bazz has his warts, his game certainly warrants a contract at this low of a price tag.
Muhammad, still only 24 years old, has flashed real scoring potential and a great motor over the course of his career. His playing time has been volatile, hitting a real lull at the end of last season, but when Bazz has been a more consistent minute-getter he has made an impact. In 2015-16, the year before Tom Thibodeau arrived, Bazz played in all 82 games, tallied 1,682 minutes and scored 10.5 points per game (18.5 per 36 minutes).
Muhammad has never shown a propensity to do much other than score but all players signed at a minimum are imperfect. Muhammad is a perfectly imperfect for the Wolves at this price. Welcome back, Shabazz.