Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
It was announced Saturday afternoon that the Minnesota Timberwolves had released center Chris Johnson. Johnson did have a guaranteed salary of roughly $916,000 for the upcoming season that he will still receive.
That now trims Minnesota's roster to 15 players with Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price making the team. Adelman says that both of them have done enough and played well enough to earn jobs. Depending heavily on the small forward rotation, but if Corey Brewer starts at the three, Hummel could be his primary backup, with Derrick Williams seeing time there as well. However, it's unlikely that Robbie will have a huge role on the team unless (knock on wood) we go through another painful (literally) injury-plagued season. Price will be a third-string point guard behind starter Rubio & sixth man J.J. Barea.
I was a little surprised that Jeffers didn't make the roster, but I think they made the right choice keeping these two guys. There's no doubt that Hummel is better than Johnson (granted they play different positions--but he also has more upside) and if you remember last season when Will Conroy made the team--A.J. Price is a MUCH better player that Will.
Chris Johnson will make just under $1million this season and he won't even have to play. That being said, I assume he'll still find a job somewhere, be it in the D-League, overseas or latching on with a big man-starved NBA team at some point this season.
Johnson was fun to watch last season with his incredible athleticism and wicked slam dunks, but the Wolves have much better depth at center this season. Instead of Stiemsma and Johnson behind Pek it's veteran Ronny Turiaf and talented defensive rookie Gorgui Dieng. CJ saw less than 10 minutes in the entire 7-game preseason, so it's really no surprise that he didn't make the cut...but rather was cut!
The Wolves could seemingly still cut Hummel or Price, but from the sounds of things, they'll be on the roster when the Wolves open up the season on Wednesday vs. the Magic at the Target Center. That's all for now, the season is just a few days away, GO WOLVES!
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