Timberwolves Sign Cole Aldrich

March 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center Cole Aldrich (45) moves the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye (9) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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JULY 13: The Wolves have formally signed Aldrich, the team announced today (via Twitter).

JULY 3: Veteran center Cole Aldrich will sign a three-year, $22MM deal with the Timberwolves, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com. The 27-year-old center spent the 2015/16 season with the Clippers and averaged 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 60 games.

Aldrich decided last month to opt out of his contract with L.A., which would have paid him the league minimum, approximately $1.23MM. The Clippers had hoped to keep the unrestricted free agent, but he chose to accept the offer from Minnesota.

The Bloomington, Minn., native will serve as a backup to Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns. The Timberwolves will be his sixth NBA franchise.

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13 thoughts on “Timberwolves Sign Cole Aldrich

    • CameronJ35

      Nevermind, I looked at his per 20 minutes or whatever, really good. Also watched some tape of games. Good player. I retract my previous statement.

  1. Table

    He should have made at least twice this amount. Lakers should have given him 4 years 50 instead of Mozgov. After seemingly tanking the last few years with Kobe, it now appears Lakers truly are clueless

  2. Nacho Johnson

    Good get by the Wolves on what looks to be a bargain by comparison to other deals (Mozgov).

  3. DVail79

    If Aldrich ever was given the opportunity to start or signed in a better situation for himself he could put up solid numbers and play good defense … this is a terrific and typical Thibadeau player

  4. Guest

    Good deal on paper. My only issue is that the Twolves now have KAT, KG, Pek, Dieng, and Payne who can all play center, too. Maybe a trade coming soon or they use stretch provision on Pek to free up playing time.

    • KG is there more for leadership than actual playing time. Pek has been rumored as a buyout candidate. Payne has barely played (although I don’t understand why, I feel like he can be a good player if given time). Considering KAT can easily slide to the 4, this is a decent depth signing for Dieng.

    • That’s a bargain honestly when considering the other deals given to other bigs. He’s not a starter (or atleast shouldn’t be an 82 game starter) but you can honestly do a heck of a lot worse with a backup big.

  5. teddyt93

    He is NOT a great player! This guy was going to make the minimum before he opted out. There was a reason for that salary. This new TV deal will drive fans away from the arenas with the higher ticket prices that are coming to pay for Mosgov and players like him.

  6. JaySHAWks

    The TWolves fans will be chanting Rock Chalk Jayhawks now that KU is forming there north campus!

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