Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson to 10-day contracts on Saturday, January 19th. That means those contracts will expire on Tuesday, January 29th.
The Wolves have 16 players on the roster (one more than is usually allowed). That 16th roster spot was granted by the NBA because the Wolves have so many injuries. However, it's just a one-time, one 10-day contract 'thing'.
Both of these guys have played very well for the Wolves in their short time with them. Both have played three games. Gelabale is averaging 6.7ppg, 3rpg, 0.7apg and shooting 54% from the field in 20.7mpg off the bench. Johnson is averaging 10.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7bpg and shooting 75% from the field in 17.3mpg off the bench.
The Wolves can resign one of them to a 10-day contract, but that's it. It's likely to be Mickael Gelabale because it was reported before he signed that he required a 20-day guarantee to come play in the NBA again.
That doesn't mean that both won't stick with the Wolves though. One option could be waiving a player such as Lou Amundson. Lou gets little to no playing time and with the very inconsistent minutes, he's been unable to carve out any kind of a role with the Wolves. I'm sure Kahn could find a team that is in need of a reserve big man and flip him for a second round pick.
The biggest surprise has been Johnson. A big man who has been back and forth from the NBA to the D-League and has never been able to stick with any NBA team. He's performing incredibly well, excelling in a simple pick-and-roll offense, showing off some incredible athleticism and last game we got a good look at some pretty bounce passes. It would be a shame if the Wolves don't keep him and he ends up back in the D-League or on another NBA squad.
I'm very interested to see how this plays out. I am hoping that both will still be on this team when the Wolves face the Clippers Wednesday night.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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