Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) talks with forward Corey Brewer (13), guard Kevin Martin (23), center Nikola Pekovic (14) and forward Kevin Love (42) during the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Monday News and Notes: Cunningham jailed (again), Muhammad and Budinger out

It’s been a relatively newsworthy past few days for a Wolves team that has been officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Late last week, Dante Cunningham was arrested on domestic assault charges. The Wolves defeated the Miami Heat in a double-overtime thriller on Friday night. And on Saturday, Kevin Love sat out the tilt in Orlando due to back spasms, and Cunningham flew down to meet the team and was forced into the starting lineup due to Love’s absence.

On Sunday, Cunningham returned to jail after allegedly sending text messages of a “terroristic” nature to the women that is accusing him of assault.

Earlier today, various news outlets reporting from Target Center passed along the news that the Wolves essentially didn’t practice, due to lack of players. It was announced that Shabazz Muhammad is out for the season after suffering a sprained MCL on Friday in Miami, and that Chase Budinger is also not expected to return due to his sprained ankle that was suffered in the opening minute of Saturday night’s game against the Magic.

Throw in a still-hurting Nikola Pekovic and the sore-footed Kevin Martin, along with Cunningham’s troubling legal issues, and it seems as though coach Rick Adelman will have all of nine healthy players at his disposal against the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow evening, assuming Love is able to return to the court.

Of course, Gregg Popovich is likely to leave some of his top players at home on Tuesday, and Tony Parker is almost certainly out as it currently stands. So it’ll be an interesting ragtag bunch of players going at it at Target Center in the Mexico City make-up game, and the Wolves should (maybe?) have a fighting chance if Love plays.

It’s also been reported that the Wolves would have internal discussions surrounding the idea of adding a player on a 10-day contract, simply to provide some depth and fill out the roster. It would seem as though forward is the position of greatest need, allowing Love to play some center in relief of Gorgui Dieng. One can only run Robbie Hummel at the power forward for so long and not look too hopeful/foolish.

We’ll keep an eye on the transaction front, as well as on Cunningham’s pending legal situation. Remember, the NBA essentially mandates that individual team’s cannot punish a player during an on-going legal investigation, so he’ll likely be in uniform again soon. Of course, that depends on how long he’s physically held in jail, which is where he is currently.

Tomorrow’s game tips off at 7:00 C.T. See you all back here post-ame for the recap.

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