The Timberwolves have waived point guard Tyrone Wallace in advance of the regular season roster deadline, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). The move reduces Minnesota’s roster count to 15 players, plus a pair on two-way contracts.
Wallace, 25, broke into the NBA in 2017/18, averaging 9.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 2.4 APG in 30 games (28.4 MPG) for the Clippers. He appeared in 62 more games for Los Angeles last season, but played limited minutes and saw his shooting percentages dip to .424/.211/.526. He was released by the Clips in July and was claimed off waivers by Minnesota.
Considering they took their roster decision down to the wire today, it appears the Wolves either considered keeping Wallace or tried to find a trade for him. However, Minnesota has 15 players with guaranteed salaries and Wallace is on a non-guaranteed contract, which made him the odd man out.
Wallace is now on track to clear waivers on Wednesday, though he’s a candidate to be claimed. Because he’s earning the minimum, any team would be eligible to place a claim and take on his non-guaranteed contract. If he makes it to free agency, the Wolves will be on the hook for two days’ worth of his salary, which works out to approximately $18K.
Minnesota’s roster is now ready for the regular season.