We've talked plenty about both of these two players this past month. So I won't go into too much detail of either.
However, some highlights from both press conferences...
- Roy says he doesn't want to have a 'minute limit' and is hoping to play around 35 minutes a night. He also said he wouldn't be coming back unless he thought he would be able to return and play at a 'high level'.
- As of right now, I'd say there's a good chance that Roy will be the starting shooting guard come fall. Here's hoping he can play at that 'high level'...although anything above 'mediocre' will be an improvement from last season by leaps and bounds.
- Roy signed for 2-years and roughly $10.4million, though the second year of the deal isn't fully guaranteed (it will depend on his health and whether he can play).
- Roy fills a big need and his biggest contributions should come in the final quarter when he can close games. Something that the Timberwolves have struggled with (mightily) these past few years.
- Greg grew up in Randolph Wisconsin, roughly 5-6 hours from the Twin Cities (and he also owns a cabin about 3.5 hours away). Greg was excited to join Minnesota as he saw it as a homecoming. Not only near his Wisconsin roots, but also because he was signed with Minnesota two years ago in the offseason. They signed him to work during the offseason with big man Al Jefferson. Before the next season began, he was cut and ended up going overseas to play professionally in Turkey for a season.
- Last year he got his break with the Boston Celtics, where, because of his defensive capabilities he found himself as a rotation player.
- Greg was second only to Serge Ibaka (last year's leader in blocks per game) in blocks per minute.
- Greg will start the season as the backup center behind Nikola Pekovic. There's a good chance he'll play 10-15 minutes a night and provide that rim protector that the Wolves lacked when Darko completely gave up.
Both add some much needed attributes and production in a number of areas that Minnesota has lacked dearly. A competent wing player that can put up points and knock down open shots and a big man that can patrol the paint and deter slashing guards and back-down big men.
You can find a bit more about each of these guys on the 'Player Info' page under the "Team Report" section on this site! Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!