Updated Roster Moves

The Minnesota Timberwolves made a few roster moves today. The first was exercising Ricky Rubio’s contract for another season. No surprise here. Rubio is the cornerstone point guard every team wishes they had and he’s only getting better.

The second was another exercised contract, this time for Derrick Williams. Shouldn’t be a surprising move for the sole reason that they had to do it. Williams’ future with the team is quite hazy but if they didn’t re-up on his deal, then trading him for anything valuable would be near impossible. Teams would low-ball Flip Saunders and co. to a degrading level. Now, even with a $6.3 million hit on the cap for the 2014-2015 season, Williams has more value to the Wolves than he does with an unknown contract situation hanging over his head. Plus, with the injury to Chase Budinger, I think Adelman is finally ready to lean heavily on Williams to fill in as the top forward off the bench or even step up as the starter at the small forward spot. We’ll see in just a few days what Adelman’s thinking.

Lastly, the Wolves cut their roster to 15 players by cutting ties with Chris Johnson, Lorenzo Brown and Othyus Jeffers. Johnson posted 3.9 points per game on 64-percent shooting and two rebounds per game in 30 games with the Wolves last season. With Ronny Turiaf and Gorgui Dieng asserting themselves as the back-up center options, Johnson was expendable. Surely a fun player to watch, though, and I hope he finds another opportunity in the NBA elsewhere. As for Brown and Jeffers, they both were long shots to make the squad from the get-go, so it’s no surprise to see them go.

With those cuts, the Wolves’ final 15-man roster shakes out like this:

  1. Kevin Love
  2. Ricky Rubio
  3. Nikola Pekovic
  4. Kevin Martin
  5. Corey Brewer
  6. Derrick Williams
  7. J.J. Barea
  8. Ronny Turiaf
  9. Chase Budinger
  10. Dante Cunningham
  11. Alexey Shved
  12. Shabazz Muhammad
  13. Gorgui Dieng
  14. A.J. Price
  15. Robbie Hummel

Just my own opinion, it’s one of the deeper teams we’ve seen in quite a few years, which helps warrant the preseason optimism for the upcoming season. They’re still young — quite young, in fact. But everyone on this 15-man roster can burn minutes in the NBA without screwing it up too much, if you know what I mean.

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