2. Gorgui Dieng
One name that has already been floated as a potential Minnesota target here at Dunking With Wolves is Gorgui Dieng. On Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs waived Dieng after their trade with the Boston Celtics to free up a roster spot.
In his second stint with the Spurs, Dieng was unable to find consistent playing time on a lottery-bound team. He averaged just 11.6 minutes per game and played in only 13 games in the Alamo City.
In large part, this was not due to a lack of ability or fall-off in production. Dieng just simply was not a good fit with the rest of that roster, as San Antonio is giving most of their minutes to their young players in an effort to help them develop quickly.
Dieng can still be a valuable role player in the right situation, and Minnesota might be where he fits best. The Timberwolves need another big that can stretch the floor to fill in for Karl-Anthony Towns, and Dieng absolutely fits this bill.
In his last two full seasons in 2021 and 2022, Dieng shot the ball from beyond the three-point arc at a rate of 42% and 43% respectively. He has the size at 6’11” to bother opposing bigs inside, and the skill to be a threat from outside, which would make the Timberwolves’ offense even more difficult to guard.
If Minnesota decides to kick the tires on Dieng, it would give them even more fire power on the perimeter, which is what made them so dangerous last season when they led the NBA in three-pointers made during the regular season.