10 Worst free agent signings in Minnesota Timberwolves history

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Bryn Forbes, Minnesota Timberwolves
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9. Bryn Forbes

Bryn Forbes signed on with the Timberwolves shortly after the team traded for Rudy Gobert in July 2022. After Minnesota dealt away crucial backcourt role players in Malik Beasley and Patrick Beverley, they needed to fill the void. A sharpshooter with championship experience seemed to fit the bill rather nicely, and a team-friendly one-year, $2.2 million contract was the icing on the cake.

Unfortunately, Bryn Forbes’ time in Minnesota could not have gone much more differently than expected. Coming in, Forbes was known as a lights-out shooter. He was a 41% three-point shooter for his career, and was coming off a season where he averaged a hair under nine points per game on 41.4% from three for the Spurs and Nuggets. He was a solid offensive spark plug, despite not bringing much to the floor besides pure jump shooting.

But when he joined the Timberwolves, his shooting numbers inexplicably fell off a cliff. Perhaps it was the fact that he saw his fewest minutes since his rookie season at just 10.7 per contest, but Bryn simply failed to put together any of his usual consistency. He averaged an abysmal 3.6 points per game while shooting a career-low 30.4% from three.

After appearing in only 25 contests for Minnesota, the Wolves waived Forbes in order to free up a roster spot at the trade deadline. What was considered a solid signing just seven months before quickly turned into a disaster, and it is a shame Bryn Forbes was never able to find his footing with the Timberwolves.