Dream Signing: Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are an interesting team to watch this offseason. On the one hand, they had a great season making the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, but on the other hand, it was a season full of tension and disappointment. Andrew Wiggins took a step back, Jimmy Butler was upset with Wiggins’ defensive effort, Karl Anthony Towns’ playoffs left much to be desired, Tom Thibodeau ran his starters into the ground, and Gorgui Dieng’s contract gets worse every time he takes a contested 20-footer three seconds into the shot clock.
Currently, the Wolves have very little money to spend and are $6 million away from the luxury tax. Their best means of adding free agents will be using the mid-level exception or bi-annual exception. Basically, they will be shopping in the bargain section this summer unless they find a trade to unload some cap. Don’t be surprised if they sniff around for a potential Andrew Wiggins trade.
Even though they don’t have a lot of money, they can still get players that can help them. Their dream signing would be Seth Curry. Since Curry missed all last season with an injury, people forgot how good he was the year before. Curry is an excellent shooter, who can run pick and rolls and play on or off the ball. Minnesota was the worst three-point shooting team in the league last year, so they desperately could use a player like Curry.
Curry could back up Jeff Teague at the point or replace Jamal Crawford’s minutes next to Tyus Jones. The good news is since he is coming off of injury, he likely won't cost much. Minnesota can sign him to a deal worth about $6-8 million per year. Curry is a low risk, high reward kind of free agent. His flexibility on offense would allow the Wolves to unleash more small ball lineups. While Curry is not the best defender, which is an issue in Minnesota, his shooting alone should bring enough value that the signing would be worth it. The Wolves need depth and shooting, and signing Curry would accomplish both.