Two-Way Players: 2019-20
The third year of the Minnesota Timberwolves proved to be far more fortuitous for both the team and the players. The team continued to audition backcourt players for potential roles for the team, but this season the team trialed a small forward Kelan Martin.
First things first. The Timberwolves trialed point guard Jordan McLaughlin in the 2019 Summer League competition, and were clearly impressed with his averages over seven games of 26.0 MPG, 9.9 PPG, and 5.0 APG. As a result, the Timberwolves gave McLaughlin a try on one of their two contracts. He appeared in 30 games and even started two contests for the Timberwolves.
His teammate, small forward Kelan Martin, signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves after a successful 2019 Timberwolves summer league campaign. He appeared in 31 games and started four games. He also seemed to perform relatively well, averaging 16.0 MPG, 6.4 PPG, and 3.1 RPG.
It was another year for PG Jordan McLaughlin on a Timberwolves Two-Way contract. The Timberwolves withdrew a qualifying tender offer, paving the way for Kelan Martin to sign with the Indiana Pacers. McLaughlin, on the other hand, returned to compete for the Timberwolves for a second season on a Two-Way contract.
In his second season, McLaughlin appeared in 51 games and started two. He averaged 18.4 MPG, 5.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, and 1.0 SPG. While it was a bit of a decline from his prior season’s performance, it was enough for the Timberwolves front office to bring him back the following season on a multi-year contract.