Timberwolves Sitting at the Kids’ Table of NBA Free Agency
The NBA offseason, free agency in particular, is sending monsoon style waves throughout the sports world.
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) July 3, 2018
However, one summer after making a significant splash of their own, the proverbial waters in the land known for it’s 10,000 (plus) lakes, have remained relatively calm.
Before moving onto Monday’s roster moves, I’d like to let the (current) record show that I was way off on this whole D-Rose experiment. That’s my bad. I f*cked up, okay.
Sue me. Mistakes happen.
When the burger comes out well done after you ordered it medium rare pic.twitter.com/sSm356827j
— Jordan Weissmann (@JHWeissmann) June 1, 2018
Despite frustration surrounding the late season acquisition of the former MVP, thus far, this whole Derrick Rose experiment has played out well-beyond any of my expectations.
With Jamal Crawford basically out the door, bringing back the Tom Thibodeau favorite for just over $2 million is a no-brainer. In the absurdly wealthy world that is the NBA, that amount of money is pocket change. Case and point:
Derrick Rose’s 1-year/ $2.1M deal with the Wolves will allow him to make $14.5M from Adidas next season!
Rose’s 2012 Adidas contract was reportedly 14-years/ around $185M.
He tore his ACL 64 days after signing the deal.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 1, 2018
Anywho, now that I have a clear(er) conscience, here’s how your Minnesota Timberwolves started out their work week:
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) July 2, 2018
With Minnesota withdrawing a nearly $5 million qualifying offer, it’s evident that the organization is willing to part ways with the Serbian-born, Nemanja Bjelicia. By reasonable accounts, the artist known as Bjelly will be onto his next one.
Bjelicia’s Wolves career:
As for Tom Thibodeau’s team’s newest addition, Anthony Tolliver, first and foremost, it’s evident that he fancies himself a sniper:
Leading 2017-18 3 pt. shooters who are 6-8+ (min 3.5 atts per gm)
1. Otto Porter (44.1%)
2. Joe Ingles (44%)
3. ANTHONY TOLLIVER (43.6%)
4. KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS (42.1%)
5. Kevin Durant (41.9%)
Welcome to the new age
— jace frederick (@JaceFrederick) July 2, 2018
Tolliver, who spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with the Wolves, is fresh off a career-best shooting year. As a member of the lowly Detroit Pistons, Tolliver’s most recent campaign saw him average 2.0 made three pointers (4.6 attempts) per game.
Anthony Tolliver is the best pic.twitter.com/yQwUA9IgDm
— Aaron Johnson (@AJohnsonNBA) December 3, 2017
Second of all, the 6’8″ 240 pound veteran can defend. Early indications are that Tolliver will basically slide right into, what was formerly, Bjelicia’s bench role. With all due respect to Nemanja, Tolliver’s ability to effectively guard multiple positions is far superior.
Hey, speaking of being able to guard multiple positions:
In the biggest and best NBA news of the day…
We’ve signed draft pick Josh Okogie » https://t.co/mfpBwSTRit
Congrats, Josh!!! pic.twitter.com/seFwB9oUr4
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) July 3, 2018
While Minnesota’s handful of moves seem logical, in the grand scheme of NBA things, their current list of completed transactions is child’s play.
Nothing is more important this summer for the Timberwolves than creating a path for Jimmy Butler to sign a contract extension and structuring a maximum-contract extension for young star Karl-Anthony Towns, writes @JerryZgoda. https://t.co/spyHuFlAAj pic.twitter.com/toGBDsGTKn
— Star Tribune Sports (@StribSports) June 29, 2018