Timberwolves Eyeing Nick Young, Other Free Agents

4:06pm: Wolfson adds Jeff Green, Malcolm Delaney, and Treveon Graham to the list of free agents that the Timberwolves have inquired on so far (Twitter link).

12:15pm: The Timberwolves have interest in Nick Young among several other free agents, according to ESPN’s Darren Wolfson (Twitter link).

Young is coming off a down year in Golden State where he sported just a 10.0 player efficiency rating and scored just 7.3 points per game. It’s hard to envision the shooting guard surpassing the $5.19MM salary he received with the Warriors last season after floundering alongside the best supporting cast he’s ever played with.

Minnesota has the non-tax mid-level ($8.6MM) and the bi-annual ($3.4MM) at its disposal. However, with approximately $115MM already on the books, the team must be careful when handing out deals if it intends to stay below the luxury tax line. If a team uses its bi-annual exception or more than the taxpayer portion of its MLE, it becomes hard-capped for the season.

Dante Cunningham and James Ennis are among other free agents the Wolves are keeping an eye on, Wolfson adds. Lance Stephenson remains a possibility for one of the team’s five open roster spots. Minnesota is among the teams expected to have interest in the mercurial shooting guard once the first wave of free agents sign.

Other candidates for the team’s openings include Trevor Booker, Amir Johnson, Jabari Bird and Anthony Tolliver. Coach/executive Tom Thibodeau reportedly has spoken with Tolliver and team values the power forward’s lockerroom presence.

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7 thoughts on “Timberwolves Eyeing Nick Young, Other Free Agents

  1. wdwyer

    If I’m a free agent I’m staying as far away from the wolves as possible. Thins just does play his bench.

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  2. SilvioDante

    Nick Young would be a disaster. Thibs doesn’t suffer fools, so I have to believe this story is coming from Swaggy P’s agent and not the Wolves. I would be shocked if Minny inks this goofball.

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  3. Yes, because the Wolves need another non-shooting wing in Jeff Green. Green is seriously overrated imo. He isn’t a shooter, isn’t a great rebounder, and all he can do offensively is basically finish at the rim. Defensively he’s pretty average as he doesn’t get blocks or steals and is an asset only because he’s somewhat able to stay in front of opposing wings. From what I watched in the playoffs, he struggles a lot to stay in front of opposing guards so what does he really bring to a team? Sure he can score decently well but his offensive game doesn’t really help open up the floor for his team. At least Nick Young is a semi-credible threat from deep.

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  4. I think James Ennis would be a nice pick up for Minnesota. And re-sign Bjelica. Jones, Okogie, Ennis, Bjelica, and Dieng off the bench would be nice.

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  5. Z-A

    Why would anyone sign this bum? Hes the guy that does nothing on a group project but gets an A and brags.

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    • Jim Bernstein

      Well said Z-A! You described Nick Young perfectly!! The Wolves will be much better off with Nick Young not on the roster.

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  6. Spike4christ

    There are minutes for someone with Crawford gone. They better do something to get above 8th seed. Lakers and Nuggets will be better.

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