The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to work their roster, tweaking players on and off their Two-Way contracts at a pretty rapid pace. The Timberwolves had signed and waived players to their Two-Way contracts so far to the point where neither of the two original players signed is still with the team.
Of course, it’s no surprise that the Timberwolves have been rather active in fine-tuning the team. Not only are the front office executives new to the team, but the players have had next to nothing in terms of prep time before this season started. That complicates the job of the Timberwolves’ front office in trying to optimize this team, particularly when the entire team entered the season flying blind as to what the team has and, consequently, what this team may need to improve as the season progresses.
Minnesota Timberwolves roster musical chairs
The Minnesota Timberwolves started the season with A.J. Lawson and Eric Paschall on Two-Way contracts. The musical chairs with the Timberwolves roster began when the team signed C Luka Garza to a Two-Way contract, which forced the Timberwolves to release Lawson. That settled the team in on Luka Garza and Eric Paschall, at least temporarily. But Paschall developed soreness in his Achilles Tendon area, which limited his ability to practice with the team and showcase what he could do.
That development resulted in the Timberwolves waiving Paschall and re-signing A.J. Lawson. And, as luck would have it, Lawson re-signed, saw playing time, scored his first NBA bucket, and was awarded the game ball for his efforts. That is an unusual NBA Trifecta, particularly in his first 24 hours with the team. But despite the hoopla, Lawson’s time with the Timberwolves would again come to an end.
The Minnesota Timberwolves need a hot-handed perimeter shooter, and the team found a just-released perimeter scorer from the LA Lakers named Matt Ryan. That meant signing Matt Ryan and waiving Lawson once more. So what type of prayers do the Timberwolves hope that signing Matt Ryan might answer?