Stephenson (ankle) will become an unrestricted free agent following the expiration of his second 10-day contract with the Timberwolves on Saturday, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports. Stephenson rejoined the Timberwolves on a second 10-day contract earlier this month, but he's been slowed by an ankle injury and has been unable to make much of an impact. He's appeared in only two games since re-signing, totaling just 18 minutes. Stephenson will now become a free agent and will look to latch on with another team down the stretch, though he'll need to prove he's healthy before that happens.
Stephenson is dealing with a sprained left ankle and won't play Friday against the Heat. Stephenson, who suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Celtics, previously sprained the same ankle prior to the All-Star break, which required about two weeks of recovery time. It's unclear if the latest occurrence will result in as extended of an absence, but Stephenson nonetheless looks bound to miss some time, as he wasn't able to put much weight on the leg while exiting the court Wednesday. With Stephenson's second 10-day contract set to expire Saturday, it wouldn't be surprising if the Timberwolves looked elsewhere to fill his roster spot.
Stephenson is available to play in Wednesday's game against the Clippers. Stephenson recently signed a 10-day contract with the Timberwolves after recovering from an ankle injury that held him out for majority of this season. With Brandon Rush (illness) out, Stephenson could see some time off the bench in his first game back, but it will likely be a light amount of minutes if any, as the team will look to ease the swingman into the rotation.
Stephenson (ankle) will sign a second 10-day contract Wednesday with the Timberwolves, Chris Haynes of ESPN.com reports. It was reported Monday that Stephenson was "coming along" in his recovery from a left ankle sprain he sustained shortly before the All-Star break, and it looks as though he's now healthy enough to play again. Stephenson has only made 10 total appearances over the 2016-17 season, but given that the Timberwolves' lack ball-handling and playmaking behind starting point guard Ricky Rubio, the swingman could enjoy a decent-sized role off the bench over the final month of the regular season.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said Stephenson (ankle) is "coming along" in his recovery and could soon re-sign with Minnesota on a second 10-day contract, Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press reports. Stephenson has been limited to just 10 total appearances in 2016-17, thanks to some untimely luck on the injury front. After winning a roster spot with the Pelicans in training camp, Stephenson suffered a groin injury that required surgery and sidelined him for multiple weeks, prompting the team to release him. The swingman then latched on with the Timberwolves in February upon healing up from the groin injury, but couldn't complete his first 10-day contract with the club without suffering a long-term setback due to the ankle sprain. The Timberwolves still have a play-making void on the second unit, so if Stephenson is able to put the ankle injury behind him in short order, he'll have a good chance at immediately regaining a roster spot.
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