Minnesota Timberwolves open Two-Way opens world of opportunity

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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When the Minnesota Timberwolves committed their two Two-Way contracts to rookie shooting guard Jaylen Clark and to returning center Luka Garza, that should have been the end of the line for the Timberwolves’ Two-Way contracts. Since their inception in the 2017-18 NBA season, Two-Way contracts have afforded the NBA and NBPA a logical and meaningful solution to the challenge of competing in 82 regular season games, and doing so with just 15 NBA players on a team’s roster.

While the pair of Two-Way players who toggle between G-League and NBA competition was a minor change, the alteration has proven to be hugely successful. So successful, in fact, that the rules have been altered and there is now a third Two-Way contract option for each NBA team to use in the 2023-24 NBA season.

But there is no clear indication of who the team may sign to that third Two-Way contract.

Timberwolves taking time with Two-Way signing

There was no joy in the Minnesota Timberwolves organization last season when the team was compelled to release promising forward Eric Paschall from a Two-Way contract. Paschall was working hard to return to the NBA after an Achilles Tendon injury disrupted his career plans. Try as he might, he simply was not ready to return to the physicality and rigors of NBA competition just yet.

The Timberwolves have a player on a Two-Way contract this year, rookie shooting guard Jaylen Clark, who is on his way back to health. Timberwolves center Luka Garza is the second committed Two-Way player signed for the 2023-24 NBA season. Now, the team seems to be taking its good ole’ time with signing a player to the third Two-Way contract.

Of course, it could simply be a matter of more pressing matters. The Minnesota Timberwolves are certainly tasked with the extension of SF Jaden McDaniels. After that, the Timberwolves will likely fill the lone remaining roster spot as well.

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Still, the hope is that the team will add their final Two-Way player sooner rather than later. Until that happens, we will stay tuned for future developments