Below the Mid Level Exception targets
Waiving veteran forward Taurean Prince is a risk. He is a bona fide rotation player and a highly respected locker-room presence. But with any risk, there is a chance that the Timberwolves may strike out on your first targets. Fortunately for the Wolves, there are several names that could fit the roster:
Jae Crowder – Prototypical 3 and D wing who is in the similar mold of Taurean Prince. This feels a little unlikely, but he is a guy that could be had in the $5-7 million range.
Seth Curry – One of the best shooters in the free agent class. Curry is a combo guard capable of initiating offense with the second unit and plugging in with the starters as an elite shooter. Also, how fun would it be to see Curry in a Timberwolves uniform? Talk about righting the wrongs of the past. (KAAAAAAAAAAHN). He’s likely in that $7-9 million range.
Jevon Carter – One of my favorite targets below the MLE. Carter is a smaller PG but is a stout defender and three-point shooter. He may not be the most talented PG, but he would be an upgrade over Jordan McLaughlin at a backup point. He’ll be in the $5-7 million range.
Joe Ingles – This is perhaps my favorite Veteran Minimum player if we were to target Donte Divincenzo or Bruce Brown with the full MLE. While Ingles is thought of as a shooter, he is also adept at initiating offense in the Pick n Roll and comes with ready-made chemistry playing alongside big man Rudy Gobert.
Dennis Schroder – Okay, you caught me… This also feels like a reach, but Schroder is a PG with the exact skillset we could use coming off the bench. He might belong in my full MLE portion of the article, but he is an available player with a skillset we could utilize for around $8-12 million
Shake Milton – Another backup PG option. He’s a plus shooter from deep and has had moments of really solid play with the 76ers. There are better targets in the class, but Milton would certainly be an upgrade for around $3-6 million.
The Timberwolves find themselves at a crossroads. With minimal wiggle room under the luxury tax, the wolves must walk a tightrope to fortify the roster. With the waiving of Taurean Prince and Nathan Knight, Tim Connelly and Co appear to have a plan A to utilize their full MLE. If that first wave is unsuccessful, there are other targets available that can help plug the holes in the roster.