|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Northwest Division||102.4 (3rd)||106.0 (5th)|
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Pekovic was a consistent double-double threat for the Timberwolves from 2011-12 through 2014-15, but he was never able to truly recover after requiring surgery on his right Achilles in April 2015. He returned from the procedure last January, but played only 12 games before enduring a setback with the Achilles. With the injury still bothering him heading into training camp and not likely to improve over time, it appears the 30-year-old's playing career will come to a premature end, according to John Krawczynski of the Associated Press. While the Wolves' insurance policy will cover the remaining two years and $23.7 million on his contract, it's expected that he'll be waived in the near future to open up a roster spot for another player.
Butler will now attempt to make the Wolves' final roster out of training camp, potentially filling the void left by Kevin Garnett, who is reportedly working toward a contract settlement with Minnesota. In each of the last three seasons, Butler has begun the year on a non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contract and has been able to earn his way onto the roster for the Pacers (2013-14), Wizards (2014-15) and Spurs (2015-16). Last season, Butler appeared in 46 games for San Antonio, averaging 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. As he enters his age-37 season, Butler is unlikely to provide more than veteran bench depth for the Timberwolves, should he ultimately make the roster.
Garnett is on the books for $8 million for the upcoming season, but relations between the two sides appear to have soured, so a buyout is now the likely course of action. Once completed, Garnett could sign with another contender, although it wouldn't be surprising if he opted to retire from the league after playing 21 seasons split between the Timberwolves and Celtics. More information should become available in the coming few days, but if all holds true, the 40-year-old Garnett won't be with the Timberwolves at the start of training camp.
Pekovic was able to resume working out earlier this month, but it's clear the big man is still suffering from the effects of his April 2015 surgery to repair his right Achilles. He was limited to 12 games last season before suffering a setback with the Achilles and being shut down for good in February. Though Pekovic is owed $23.7 million over the next two years, the Timberwolves appear to have abandoned hope of him contributing again, as the team went out and signed Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich this offseason to serve as the backups to Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns, respectively. With that in mind, don't be surprised if the Timberwolves waive Pekovic before the season begins in order to open up a roster spot.
|2015-16 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Andrew Wiggins , SG||20.7|
|RPG||Karl-Anthony Towns , C||10.5|
|APG||Ricky Rubio , PG||8.6|
|FG%||Karl-Anthony Towns , C||54.2|
|FT%||Ricky Rubio , PG||84.7|
|3P%||Zach LaVine , PG||38.9|
|BLOCKS||Karl-Anthony Towns , C||138|
|STEALS||Ricky Rubio , PG||162|
|MPG||Andrew Wiggins , SG||35.1|
|Full Team Statistics|
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