Two crucial and potentially season-changing dilemmas came for the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason.
The first decision was whether or not to let combination guard D’Angelo Russell lead the club on the court for the remainder of the season. It’s reasonable to assume that he will remain on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster through the 2022–2023 season given the lack of trades on draft night and the quieting of trade speculations.
The other decision was far more important and practicable. Taurean Prince, a power forward, needed to be re-signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The cause was rather clear. This offseason, the NBA was a little short on big men, as the 2022 NBA Draft did not provide any new, talented players for the position. Josh Minott is too young and naive to provide much support this season, despite the fact that he has the capability to play the small forward/power forward position.
The Minnesota Timberwolves did more than just re-sign Prince. They did it with a perfect two-year agreement that keeps him on the team while also being enticing enough to transfer if trade negotiations are necessary over the course of the following 24 months.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted:
“Minnesota Timberwolves F Taurean Prince has agreed on a two-year, $16 million contract extension.”
Re-signing Minnesota Timberwolves have a 5-step approach for the ideal off-season, with Prince as the third stage. The Timberwolves may have already covered each of the five steps. Walker Kessler, a rookie, is the lone player whose status as a backup center is up for debate. On the basis of what we already know, I feel confident checking that box as well.
This year’s Minnesota Timberwolves free-agent reward is Prince. He not only performed well for the club, but he is also one of the top players from the squad. Re-signing him brings some further stability to the roster’s unbalanced backcourt. There’s still work to be done. But this deal represents a tremendously wise investment in the 2022–23 campaign.
As a rotational player for Minnesota last year, Prince has averaged 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds.