Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Shabazz Muhammad could potentially end up being sent down to the organization’s D-League team in response to his dismal from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for violating rules, according to Jerry Dezgoda of the Minnesota Star Tribune.
Muhammad was sent home last Tuesday night after breaking a rule of the program by bringing a woman into his hotel room only hours after the guidelines had been explained to the players. The Timberwolves organization was not too happy with the former UCLA Bruin’s actions as Flip Saunders, team president of basketball operations, discussed the team’s displeasure in a radio interview on last Friday with Dan Barreiro of KFAN.
“In our league, you have to be disciplined and being ‘disciplined’ is being able to adhere to whatever rules are given and you gotta abide by the rules. So that’s been disappointing. But when I talk to him, he’s either gonna learn the rules and learn to abide by things with the big boys or he’s gonna really quick learn a geography class: where Des Moines is in the NBDL down in Iowa,” Saunders said.
Muhammad was also fined by the team for his actions and next year will have to complete the four-day program that helps rookies make the transition to the NBA through several seminars, instructions and guest speakers.
The last time an incident like this occurred was in 2008 when Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers and Memphis Grizzles forward Darrell Arthur were both sent home due to the presence of women and marijuana in their hotel room. Both players were each fined $20,000 and Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley later admitted his involvement in the incident and was fined $50,000.
Muhammad was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Timberwolves. In his one year at UCLA, he averaged 17.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.