Josh Minott created excitement among Timberwolves fans with his G League highlights, but he knows he still has a lot to prove at the NBA level, writes Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. The second-year small forward understands that nothing will be given to him as he tries to make an NBA breakthrough, so he’s been approaching Summer League play the same way he did as a rookie.
“Last year, had no respect. This year, no respect,” Minott said. “I’m just trying to go out there and just show what I can do, show the coaching staff.”
The 45th pick in the 2022 draft, Minott impressed scouts with his athleticism, but he saw limited playing time in college and shot just 14% from three-point range. The Wolves took a chance on him because president of basketball operations Tim Connelly believed his energy, play-making and defense could help him develop into an NBA player.
Minnesota needs someone to replace Taurean Prince, who was lost to the Lakers in free agency, and Minott hopes to seize that opportunity. Krawczynski states that Minott has been working out regularly at the team facility, and the Wolves are giving him challenging defensive assignments during Summer League.
“They’re not trying to see me come down and jack five 3s,” Minott said. “They’re trying to see me come down and lock up their best player and stuff like that, cut, a lot of off-ball actions, screening, rolling, slipping, being able to knock down a corner 3 if need be. Overall, in terms of what I can do, it’s whatever a team’s missing.”
There’s more on the Timberwolves:
- Minnesota signaled that Anthony Edwards is the centerpiece of its future by giving him a max extension, but the front office hasn’t committed to surrounding him with a roster that complements his skills, observes Michael Rand of The Star Tribune. The Wolves appear to be headed into another season with Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, whom Rand views as an awkward combination with each other and with Edwards. Rand believes a Towns trade is inevitable within the next year to rebuild the draft assets that were drained in the Gobert deal and to possibly to find a younger point guard to replace Mike Conley.
- Senior VP of basketball operations Matt Lloyd reportedly attended a Tandem Sports free agent workout on Tuesday featuring Elfrid Payton, Justin Jackson, Chasson Randle and Ignas Brazdeikis, per Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News and SKOR North (Twitter link). The Wolves also are said to have watched Harry Giles and Dion Waiters in Las Vegas, two more players attempting NBA comebacks, Wolfson adds.
- In case you missed it, we recently passed along details on the new contracts signed by Troy Brown, Shake Milton and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Rory Maher contributed to this post.