The Timberwolves showed on Wednesday night that they’re high on Argentinian guard Leandro Bolmaro, sending a pair of picks to the Knicks to move up to No. 23 to land him. However, it sounds like Minnesota doesn’t expect Bolmaro to come stateside right away.
John Hollinger of The Athletic indicated in his analysis of the pick that Bolmaro will spend the 2020/21 season with FC Barcelona. A report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo said the same, as Alessandro Maggi of Sportando relays.
Assuming Bolmaro does indeed remain with Barcelona for the time being, that doesn’t come as a real surprise. We heard back in August that the 20-year-old was planning to stick with the Spanish club for the ’20/21 campaign, having just recently signed a new three-year contract with the EuroLeague squad. That deal does include NBA outs, so the Wolves won’t necessarily have to wait until 2023 to bring him to Minnesota.
While Wolves fans likely won’t get a chance to see Bolmaro immediately, their roster should feature at least a couple rookies this season, with No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards and No. 28 pick Jaden McDaniels set to sign their first NBA contracts sometime after the new league year begins this weekend.