Timberwolves may need to sign this FIBA World Cup standout

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images) /

As action at the FIBA World Cup winds down, fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves will no doubt be disappointed they will not get a chance to see Anthony Edwards compete for the gold medal with Team USA. After their close loss to Germany, the US will face Canada for the bronze.

With Germany and Serbia set to compete for gold on Sunday, no current Timberwolves will have a chance to reach the mountaintop at the World Cup. But fans in Minnesota who have been tuning in to the action likely noticed a former Wolves player who had himself quite a showing over the last few weeks: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Playing with the Timberwolves during preseason of the 2020-21 season, Hollis-Jefferson was waived prior to the regular season opener. He remained with the organization for just 16 days, giving him one of the shortest tenures of any player in Minnesota in recent history.


Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had an incredible few weeks at the World Cup

But after his standout performance at the World Cup, it may be time for the Wolves to look at signing him again. RHJ has been seeking a return to the NBA since playing his last game in the league back in 2021.

Since then, he has bounced around several international clubs looking for another shot in the United States. He may have just earned that chance after averaging 23.6 points with the Jordanian national team.

Solidifying himself as one of the best players at the World Cup, Hollis-Jefferson’s play was so outstanding and dynamic that he even earned comparisons to the legendary Kobe Bryant. His quick spin moves, knockdown shooting, and of course the 24 jersey number all contributed to him being seen as something of a left-handed Kobe during the WC.

The Timberwolves still have two roster spots open, including one full-time slot and one two-way contract. Minnesota could use some extra scoring punch off the bench, and there may not be many better options on the market right now than Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.