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With the arrival of Robert Covington, Wiggins probably will move to guard

November 15, 2018

The arrival of Robert Covington and Dario Saric in Minnesota is going to mean the dynamics of the Timberwolves lineups and rotations are going to change.

Covington, especially, figures to be a starter going forward and is usually adept at playing the three position, traditionally known as small forward.

Thats been the spot Andrew Wiggins occupied while Jimmy Butler was here. With Covington back in the fold, Wiggins could slide back to the two, or shooting guard slot.

Its a change that Wiggins wouldnt mind seeing.

I feel like the two is more involved kind of on the pick-and-rolls and a lot of the sets that we got, Wiggins said.

One advantage of playing at the two, Wiggins said, was that he likely would see smaller defenders playing him. That would allow him to exercise a facet of his game he said he hasnt been able to as much as he would like getting inside.

A couple years ago I used to post up a lot, Wiggins said. Thats where I did a lot of my damage, and as the team switched and got new people, I became more outside instead of driving to the rim and posting up. Im just trying to get back to it.

Before Butlers arrival, Wiggins took 6.1 shots per game in the restricted area around the basket in the 2016-17 season. The decreased to 4.1 last season and is down to 3.3 this season.

Those numbers would include any shots Wiggins got as a result of post-ups or drives to the hoop. But his post-up game is something Wiggins will try to rejuvenate with Covington in the fold.

Im trying to do it every day now, Wiggins said. Just being aggressive, getting to the rim and getting back to my roots.

Added coach Tom Thibodeau: With Robert, the way he can shoot the three and run the floor, I think those two guys complement each other well. Particularly defensively, Roberts length and his ability to guard multiple positions are invaluable. The two and three are very similar and so, you might tailor them a little towards the things they can do well.

Rose sits again

Derrick Rose missed his second game of the season, this time because of left knee soreness, according to the Wolves. Rose previously sat out a game against Portland on Nov. 4 and played just five minutes in a game against Golden State on No. 2. Thibodeau said the oft-injured Rose was trying to be careful not to overextend himself.

Hes at a point in his career where if hes nicked up, hell tell me. he said. But obviously hes had a great start to the season, and I think he has a great understanding of how to manage his body now. I have great trust in him.

Rose is averaging 19.2 points per game, fueled by a 48-percent performance from three-point range.

Off the court, Rose announced the winners of his first Rose Scholars awards. Rose is awarding $400,000 in tuition money for college through the program.

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