Timberwolves Reid extension may have unforeseen circumstances

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We knew that the Minnesota Timberwolves restocked their roster in the 2023 off-season. Some would say refurbished, renovated, and even reshaped. Whatever the term you use to describe it, the wheels were set in motion. Like a huge freight train rolling on tracks that have been laid, the Minnesota Timberwolves have limited options in terms of options from this point going forward.

Timberwolves trade rumors are fine and all, but the team has to carefully weigh each personnel move going forward, not just for what that move does, but for what that move eliminates for the team in the future.

Everyone wants to be paid, and Timberwolves fans want their favorite player to be paid unlimited amounts of funds. But dollars in the pocket of one player eliminate the chance of placing those dollars into the pocket of another player.

Opportunity costs may be greater than you realize

In business terms, the negation of other uses for funds is lumped into a huge and rather ambiguous category called opportunity costs. The Minnesota Timberwolves faced a lot of either-or decisions for this team in the past off-season. But get used to it, because that is simply the way the Timberwolves roster will find itself going forward:

Even as we celebrate Naz Reid’s extension, the dice have been cast and the Timberwolves’ future awaits. Here’s what I mean:

So, the Timberwolves are putting their money where the mouth is. But that money has to come from somewhere else.

Money can only be spent once in the NBA. Dollars spent to retain center Naz Reid on the Timberwolves roster cannot be used to sweeten the pot to keep small forward Jaden McDaniels under contract next season. Money committed to Reid today cannot also be used to pay Karl-Anthony Towns and his significant pay increase next season.

When will the other shoe drop?

No matter which angle we look at it, or which way we hold it up to the light, the answer is the same. The Timberwolves, like every NBA team, committed limited dollars to the team’s highest priorities. The final piece to the 2023 off-season puzzle is the contract extension of small forward Jaden McDaniels.  What might that extension look like? Perhaps even more importantly, when might that contract be signed?|

As we all hunker down for the highly anticipated news, we have to ask the question: Did the Timberwolves extension for Naz Reid trigger unforeseen circumstances? If not now, will there be repercussions at the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline? Will there be unforeseen challenges during the 2024 offseason?

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If you throw a large rock into a calm lake, the subsequent waves will race along the smooth surface for a very long time. Was the Naz Reid extension like a rock thrown into the smooth Minnesota Timberwolves salary cap lake? If that analogy is true, then where will the biggest splash be felt?