Robbie Hummel: 'Have to grow up eventually and make a living'

Byron Mullens of the Charlotte Bobcats shoots over Robbie Hummel of the Minnesota Timberwolves during an NBA Summer League game July 17 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Garrett Ellwood, Courtesy of Minnesota Timberwolves

WEST LAFAYETTE | Robbie Hummel would've loved to have slipped into a Purdue jersey at Saturday's alumni game.

But the Valparaiso grad couldn't. His new "full-time" job as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves forbids it.

And so he watched from the sidelines, as did former Purdue star JaJuan Johnson, whom the Boston Celtics traded along with East Chicago's E'Twaun Moore at the end of last season.

The 58th overall pick in this year's draft, Hummel is busily preparing for what he hopes will be a promising NBA career.

"Right now, I'm just trying to stay in shape, hanging out between here, Valpo and Indianapolis," said the 6-foot-8, 215-pound guard/forward.

"I'm kinda in limbo, really. My agent's working on stuff for what we're going to do, and we'll see."

After Moore and Johnson were traded to the Houston Rockets, Moore was promptly waived.

"You have friends like JaJuan and E'Twaun and you see what happens to them. It shows how it can change on you in a second," Hummel said. "E'Twaun was playing great in the summer league. It's a crazy business."

The Timberwolves are a team on the move, willing to pay the big money for talent needed to build around all-star Kevin Love and compete.

Minnesota finished last season ranked 10th in points per game (97.9), fifth in rebounding (43.7), 24th in assists (19.5) and 25th in points allowed (100.1).

Hummel's defense has long been the staple of his all-around game, as well as perimeter shooting.

"The coaches want me as a big guy to spread the floor, rebound and defend; kinda be a glue guy," he said. "You look at what Brian Cardinal has done for Dallas and try to emulate that."

Hummel met Minnesota coach Rick Adelman at the Las Vegas Summer League and came away quite impressed.

"It's cool. The organization is really good. Coach Adelman is a great guy. The assistants are very nice, very knowledgeable about basketball. It's a good situation for me," Hummel said.

Three of the assistants -- Jack Sikma, Terry Porter and T.R. Dunn -- had solid NBA careers.

Hummel got a kick watching Saturday's alumni game, particularly the efforts of region ballers Carson Cunningham (Andrean), Kenny Lowe (West Side), Brett Buscher (Chesterton) and Brandon Brantley (Andrean).

"It was awesome. I wish I could've played, but it's probably better that I didn't with what's going on right now," Hummel said of contract talks. "Maybe next time."

It's doubtful the Timberwolves will sign off on that.

"I guess I had to grow up eventually," Hummel said with a smile. "High school was awesome. Purdue was awesome. But I can't stick around forever.

"I gotta move on now and actually make a living."