Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
With Dante Cunningham still being held without bail (as of Friday afternoon) and A.J. Price being released on Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota Timberwolves could definitely use another body.
Minnesota's frontcourt is very slim at the moment. Gorgui Dieng is back in the starting lineup after Nikola Pekovic's ankle flared up again. Ronny Turiaf just returned on Wednesday night after missing 19-straight games with a bone bruise on the knee.
Behind Kevin Love at power forward, it is very likely that rookie Robbie Hummel sees a bump in playing time as well as seldom used forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
The Wolves certainly don't need to sign anyone for the final eight games of the season. With that being said, the Wolves could still decide to bring someone up from the D-League and sign him to a rest-of-the-season deal as well as a partially guaranteed deal for next year, so that player could join Minnesota's Summer League team, with a shot at making the cut in 2014-15.
The Timberwolves currently have 14 players under contract for this season and they'll have 12 players under contract for 2014-15. Rookie Robbie Hummel's league minimum contract expires at the end of this year, making him a restricted free agent and Dante Cunningham's $2.2million contract expires as well, making him an unrestricted free agent.
While the Wolves do have 12 players under contract for 2014-15 (Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea, Alexey Shved, Kevin Martin, Shabazz Muhammad, Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Dieng & Ronny Turiaf), there's a very good chance that more than one of those players could be traded this summer (ideally Barea and maybe even Shved, Budinger & Mbah a Moute).
If the Wolves do sign someone for these final handful of 2013-14 games, it would likely be one of the top prospects currently playing in the D-League. Looking through the Prospect Board on the D-League's official website, they have a number of very intriguing young players currently playing very well. You can check out the Top 30 on their official website here.
The Wolves could also be in the mix for recently waived rookie forward Erik Murphy formerly of the Chicago Bulls. Murphy is said to have a number of suitors that could be interested in the 23-year-old despite playing 24 games and averaging 0.3 points & 0.3 rebounds in just 2.6 minutes per game.
Ultimately, I'm not sure the Wolves will even sign someone and if they do, it's almost completely likely that Adelman won't play them. He's only played rookies Shabazz & Gorgui sparingly or when he's had his "arm twisted" by injuries to his veteran players.
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