Look out Olympics! Here comes Timberwolves Luka Garza

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If you were wondering what former Minnesota Timberwolves now-turned-free-agent center Luka Garza is up to, I am happy to report that he has been rather busy. You see, he and his ‘team,’ has been very active in filling out and submitting the paperwork to allow Luka Garza to participate in the upcoming 2024 Summer Olympics.

And it appears that the job has been done:

You see, Luka Garza’s mother, Sejla Garza (née Mufti) is of Bosnian descent, and is currently employed as an administrative assistant at the Bosnia and Herzegovina Embassy in Washington, D.C.   Garza has been working on the opportunity to represent his mother’s Homeland since 2020, and the long process has finally ended with success.

Here is Luka Garza’s response to the news:

While Luka Garza was a very popular player for the Minnesota Timberwolves throughout the 2022-23 NBA season, his current future with the team is uncertain. He signed with the Timberwolves on one of their two 2-Way Contracts, and clearly, he outplayed his contract.

Garza played in 28 games, and put up some pretty impressive numbers:

28 games | 8.7 MPG | 6.5 PPG | 2.3 RPG | 0.6 APG | 0.1 BPG | 0.1 SPG

While those are great numbers in less than nine minutes of playing time, don’t make the mistake of thinking that Garza was only good enough for scoring points. He also flashed his defensive prowess at times as well.

While there is plenty of time to strategize reassembling the Minnesota Timberwolves roster for the 2023-24 NBA season, you have to believe that extending both center Luka Garza and wing Nickeil Alexander-Walker are high up on the Timberwolves ‘To Do,’ list, don’t you?

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Well, if the Timberwolves plan to sign him, they should strike now while the iron is hot.  And the Timberwolves should lean into a multi-year deal. After all, the Timberwolves front office really shouldn’t plan on sitting down with Luka Garza’s agent a year from now after he is a hero in the 2024 Olympic Summer Games.