Should the Timberwolves try to acquire another veteran point guard?


During this dull post-Summer League stretch of nothing newsworthy happening regarding the Minnesota Timberwolves, speculation has surfaced that the Wolves are interested in acquiring another experienced point guard. Most notable are the rumors surrounding Kendall Marshall (which, as Ben Beecken writes, appear to be just rumors and nothing more).

As it stands now, the point guard situation for the Timberwolves is pretty solid. Ricky Rubio is one of the best distributors in the NBA and is poised to have a career season this year. Lorenzo Brown had an impressive stint during the Las Vegas Summer League, asserting himself as the frontrunner to earn backup point guard responsibilities behind Rubio. Additionally, the Wolves traded up to the 24th-overall pick in the NBA Draft to select Tyus Jones, who should be able to give the position some additional depth in his rookie campaign.

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That said, there are definitely benefits to adding an extra veteran point guard to the roster. This player could provide leadership to an extremely young team while also acting as a mentor to Tyus Jones and help bring him along in his progression as an NBA point guard.

But there are also negatives to adding an extra point guard on the roster. For example, four point guards would mean there’s suddenly a bit of a logjam at the position. In all likelihood, Jones would get minimal minutes this season, especially if the other three players stay healthy.

Also, depending on who the player is, he simply may not fit well with this team. In the last couple of seasons, head coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has put together a group of young talented players that have created their own culture and chemistry. While yes, it is unlikely, bringing in another point guard could cause some problems with that dynamic.

After having said all of that, I’ve come up with somewhat of a solution to the dilemma.

Adding a point guard simply by free agency would cause a logjam at the position, as previously mentioned, and could also cause some chemistry problems due to playing time issues. So, if the Timberwolves are going to acquire a player through a free agent signing, I say pass. Between Brown and Jones, I’m comfortable with the backups on the roster right now.

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  • But, if the Timberwolves could trade for a solid veteran point guard, I’d be more inclined to agree with the move. An interesting idea is packaging Anthony Bennett, who the Wolves are trying to trade anyway, and Brown together in an attempt to acquire a veteran point guard. I’m not sure what the chances are that the Wolves front office could make a trade like this happen, but it would definitely be worth their while to explore it.

    If the Wolves enter the season with Rubio, Brown, and Jones making up the point guard position, I’d be okay with that. Brown and Jones both have the ability to be solid role players off the bench.

    If the Wolves decide to acquire another point guard, doing so via a trade involving Brown and possibly Bennett would be the ideal way to make it happen. That way, the newcomer would have more of a defined role and could fit in easier. By simply signing a free agent point guard, the Wolves would create a logjam at the position and the likelihood for chemistry issues increases.

    My take isn’t a very hot one, but it’s a take. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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