Minnesota Timberwolves: 4 cap-friendly free agent targets

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Willy Hernangomez


Minnesota Timberwolves, Willy Hernangomez

Willy Hernangomez of the Charlotte Hornets. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

2019-20 Salary: $1,676,735

Estimated Per-Year Salary of New Contract: $2,000,000

Willy Hernangomez, brother of Minnesota’s Juancho Hernangomez, is a center for the Charlotte Hornets.

Though his playing time has been limited, Willy has shown his ability to score and rebound when he gets on the floor, averaging 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game throughout his career despite just 14.4 minutes per game. In fact, per 36 minutes, Willy is one of the most efficient centers in the NBA.

Hernangomez’s playing time has been impacted by a crowded frontcourt in Charlotte and his defensive shortfalls, but a team that could offer more playing time could bring out the best in his game.

As a team with limited bigs, the Wolves could offer Hernangomez more playing time than he received in Charlotte. Additionally, the Wolves could offer the chance for Willy to unite with his brother, Juancho, which could even set up the Wolves to sign Willy at a slight discount.

Though he is generally a defensive liability, Willy Hernangomez could offer the Wolves some much-needed inside scoring and rebounding off the bench at an affordable price.

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