The Minnesota Timberwolves will reportedly be conducting workouts in the hopes of signing a veteran shooting guard. Top free agent candidates include Rasual Butler and Dorell Wright.
The Timberwolves are overflowing with young, promising players. However, only rarely can youth and athleticism carry a team into the playoffs. Timberwolves president and head coach Tom Thibodeau apparently knows this, and would like to balance out the roster.
Dunking With Wolves indicated that the Timberwolves will be inviting veterans to its practice facility for a workout next week. Interestingly, the team already has 15 players with guaranteed contracts for next season. Certain players will have to be waived in order to make room for Butler or Wright.
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Butler is a thirteen-year veteran who last played for the San Antonio Spurs last season. The 37-year-old Philadelphia native can play either shooting guard or small forward. His best years in the NBA was from 2008 to 2010.
He averaged 11. 2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a member of the New Orleans Hornets in 2008. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers a year later, where he averaged 11.9 points, 1.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 33 minutes of play.
As for Wright, he last suited up for an NBA team during the 2014-15 season. He spent all of last year playing for the Beikong Fly Dragons in China. In 37 appearances for the Dragons, the 6-foot-9 small forward averaged 24.3 points, 2.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Both players will be adding their more than ten years of NBA experience to a young Timberwolves squad. Players like Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kris Dunn are projected to be long-term stars in the league, but they still have a lot to learn in the NBA level at this point of their careers.