One Eastern Conference team targeting Naz Reid this summer

Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Naz Reid, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have their hands full this summer in deciding where to allocate their resources. Some major financial decisions are coming shortly, and the front office will be doing their best to keep this core of players together for as long as that remains feasible.

After this coming season, Karl-Anthony Towns’ supermax extension will kick in during 2024-25, and Minnesota will be paying him north of $50 million per season until 2027-28. In addition, Wolves management will no doubt be figuring out specifics on extensions for Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels this offseason as well.

That leaves them with big choices to make on two of their most important free agents this summer, Jaylen Nowell and Naz Reid. After Reid’s huge season in 2022-23, the Timberwolves will have to outbid several teams that will be trying to lure the backup big man away from Minnesota. One of those teams was recently revealed to be the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly interested in signing Naz Reid.

Looking to add some extra firepower to their interior tandem of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, the Cavs were recently reported as having interest in Naz Reid and Mason Plumlee. Best believe that Cleveland will not be the last team to throw their hat in the ring for Reid this offseason, and that is simply the natural byproduct of the breakout season he just completed in Minnesota.

Reid will be an attractive option for any team in need of depth on the front line. His versatility makes him playable in a variety of lineups, and his play style is that of the ideal modern big man. He and Rudy Gobert are polar opposites offensively, and the Timberwolves would love to continue subbing Naz in when Rudy needs a break for years to come.

It is also no secret that Naz Reid has become a fan favorite in the Twin Cities, and Wolves fans would be crushed to see him leave. He has a promising future in this league, and remains an integral piece to Minnesota’s current core of players. Time will tell whether he will stick around past this summer.

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