The Timberwolves pulled Muhammad's qualifying offer Sunday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Jace Frederick of the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.
Any realistic possibility of Minnesota keeping Muhammad seemingly went up in flames after the team signed forward Taj Gibson to a two-year, $28 million contract Sunday morning, as the Wolves only have around $3 million left in cap space with a number of roster spots to fill. The former UCLA standout started 77 out of the 78 games he played in last season for the Wolves and averaged 9.9 points and 2.8 boards across 19.4 minutes per outing.
Muhammad posted 22 points (9-18 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT) with two rebounds, two steals and an assist over 22 minutes in Wednesday's 123-118 loss against the Rockets.
Muhammad was a bit erratic down the stretch, but there were times he was a very valuable contributor. The former UCLA standout definitely has the tools to be a solid player off the bench. April was his best scoring month of the season, as he finished with 12.8 points.
Muhammad registered 12 points (4-9 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT) and two rebounds over 18 minutes in Sunday's 110-109 loss to the Lakers.
Muhammad turned in his typically solid effort off the bench, and he's now posted double-digit scoring in four of the last five games. The fourth-year pro has remained aggressive on offense despite modest playing time, taking between seven and 18 shot attempts in five consecutive games.
Muhammad finished with 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 FT), three rebounds and a steal across 20 minutes in Friday's 120-113 loss against the Jazz.
Muhammad is averaging 13.3 points per game over the past four outings, well above his season average. Offense has never been an issue for the UCLA product, but it's his struggles at the defensive end of the floor which has kept him from seeing starter-type minutes.
With the Warriors defense limiting the potency of Timberwolves stars Andrew Wiggins (24 points) and Karl-Anthony Towns (21 points) to a degree, coach Tom Thibodeau leaned a little more on his bench Tuesday, and Muhammad stepped up to deliver. He established new season highs in both scoring and rebounding en route to his first double-double of the campaign, but it will be tough to rely on Muhammad to replicate this performance over the Wolves' final five games. As a byproduct of his typically shoddy defense, Muhammad had been limited to 20 minutes or fewer in all six of the Wolves' preceding contests.
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