Minnesota Timberwolves: 3 affordable free agent targets

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Patrick Beverley

There were reports that a reunion of Patrick Beverley in Minnesota was a possibility at the trade deadline in February, but aside from his own history with the Wolves, the team may have several reasons to consider signing Beverley to an affordable contract this offseason.

First, the team suddenly has a need for a backup point guard after Jordan McLaughlin’s performance tailed off last season. While Beverley is obviously not a long-term solution at point guard at age 35 next season (nor is Mike Conley Jr., who is also 35), Beverley’s defensive prowess, leadership qualities, and complementary skill set make him an intriguing candidate for the Timberwolves.

Beverley’s familiarity with the Timberwolves organization and coaching staff could facilitate a smooth transition and integration into the team. Having previously played for the Wolves during the 2021-22 season, he already possesses a deep understanding of their system and defensive principles.

Though it’d be unreasonable to expect the same level of play he exhibited for the Wolves two seasons ago, Beverley could contribute significantly to the team’s defensive identity, fill some important minutes at point guard, and foster a culture of accountability that this team desperately needs.

Beverley adds a bark and a bite to Timberwolves defense

Beverley’s defensive tenacity and ability to disrupt opponents would greatly benefit the Timberwolves, who struggled defensively last season. His renowned defensive prowess would provide a much-needed boost to the team’s perimeter defense, helping to contain opposing guards and alleviate pressure on the frontline.

In addition to his on-court contributions, Beverley’s leadership qualities cannot be overlooked. He is known for his vocal presence and fiery competitiveness, traits that can galvanize the team and instill a sense of urgency and accountability among his teammates.

Considering the Wolves’ desire to foster a positive team culture, Beverley’s presence could be instrumental in establishing a winning mentality and promoting a strong work ethic within the locker room.

Given these factors, acquiring Beverley on an affordable contract would be a prudent move for the Timberwolves, addressing their need for a backup point guard while simultaneously adding a valuable veteran presence and defensive stalwart to their roster.

After signing a minimum deal with the Bulls at the deadline last season, the Wolves should be able to acquire Beverley for a budget-friendly price.