The Timberwolves plan to keep Lorenzo Brown on the roster for training camp in the wake of an agreement to change the guarantee structure on his contract, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. Brown’s two-year veteran’s minimum salary of $947,276 had become partially guaranteed for $25K on July 1st, and the contract called for the partial guarantee to go up to $200K if he remained on the roster through Saturday, with a further rise to $375K on October 1st, a source tells Hoops Rumors. Those dates have shifted, according to Wolfson. It’s unclear exactly what the new terms look like, but it nonetheless appears as though Brown is still in Minnesota’s plans even after the team’s reported agreement to sign Andre Miller.
Brown joined the Wolves this past season on a pair of 10-day contracts that led to his existing multiseason arrangement. The point guard was a part of the rotation for rebuilding Minnesota across 29 appearances, seven of them starts. He averaged just 4.2 points in 18.9 minutes per game, but his 3.1 assists against 1.0 turnovers per contest demonstrated strong ball-distribution skills. The Timberwolves drafted him 52nd overall in 2013, but they cut him at the end of training camp, forfeiting his draft rights, and watched him play his rookie year with the Sixers and sign a camp deal with the Pistons last fall before reacquiring him.
Minnesota is carrying 14 fully guaranteed contracts, not counting Miller, so Brown will face a tough path to the opening night roster. Still, a trade could change the math, and if not, it looks like Brown will at least have the opportunity to beat out another Wolves player for a regular season spot.
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