Shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad has recently agreed to a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves and reportedly has agreed to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks once he clears the waivers. In order to clear up the spot for Muhammad, the Bucks have released guard Sean Kilpatrick.
Shabazz Muhammad signed a contract extension with the Timberwolves in 2017, hoping he will be a significant bench contributor for the team. Still, as coach Tom Thibodeau turned to shorter rotations and having his starters playing heavy minutes, Muhammad saw his role shrink. The Timberwolves agreed to contract buyout before March 1st, in order to enable him to sign with a playoff contender.
Shabazz Muhammad was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves in 2013 NBA Draft with a 14th overall pick, although he was projected as top three lottery pick once he entered the college. After a disastrous rookie season, Muhammad improved his game and averaged 10 or more points in the last three seasons. Still, his defense remained a major issue, and he started losing Thibodeau’s confidence.
This season, Muhammad played less than 10 minutes per game for the Timberwolves, averaging 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. There is no doubt that he can be a contributor for the Bucks as long as the figure out to hide him on defense.