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Wolves make Muhammad-Iowa Energy move official, likely to play Tuesday

by Nate Sandell, 1500ESPN.com Updated 14 months ago | 1357 reads

While the move was already put in motion earlier in the weekend, the Minnesota Timberwolves officially announced Sunday that rookie Shabazz Muhammad has been sent to the NBA D-League.

Muhammad will meet up with the Iowa Energy, the Wolves' D-League affiliate, and travel with the team to Reno, Nev., for two games in the D-League Showcase (Tuesday and Thursday).

At this point, Muhammad's stint with the Energy looks like it will be brief. Muhammad, the 14th overall pick in the 2013 draft, said Saturday he is expecting to play in Reno and play in "a couple of games" when the Energy return back to Des Moines.

There was not much surprise spawned from the Wolves' decision to assign Muhammad to the Energy. The 6-foot-6, 222-pound forward's playing time has been sparse (42 total minutes), having spent the majority of his rookie year observing from the bench.

A run with the Energy is geared to give Muhammad the on-court experience he won't get on a Wolves squad that has limited bench minutes available, especially with Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf close to being reactivated.

Muhammad willingly accepted the assignment, understanding the key opportunity he has now.

"I would rather go down and play right now, to be honest with you," Muhammad said Saturday when he spoke to reporters about the move. "Me watching is a good thing too, but it feels like I haven't played a game in a while, so it's something I'm excited to do."

The Energy's Tuesday match-up with Bakersfield, what is likely to be Muhammad's first game, is being broadcasted on NBATV at 2:45 p.m.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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