Timberwolves sign this Summer League standout to Exhibit 10 contract

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Even Steven. That is what the Minnesota Timberwolves are today. Let me explain.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been a bit active of late, with a series of front-office actions that have shown up in the news. But in the grand scheme of things, the Timberwolves roster has been one of the more balanced and robust rosters in the NBA.

But that does not make this team immune to a tweak here or there.  The Timberwolves have done exactly that, as the team has waived Exhibit 10 contract guard Vit Krejci, which makes sense for a team that is beginning the pruning process in preparation for the 2023-24 NBA season.

But that makes today’s news from the Timberwolves front office a bit curious, perhaps even a bit puzzling. You see, the Timberwolves have a trick or two up their sleeve, and that involves signing a new face to the Timberwolves roster:

Summer League star joins Wolves

Minnesota Timberwolves 2023 NBA Summer League standout D.J. Carton:

You may recognize the name.  D.J. Carton was an outstanding participant for the Wolves in the 2023 NBA Summer League Tournament. In the post-tournament analysis, he tied veteran guard Wendell Moore Jr. for assists, which is certainly an attribute that the Timberwolves are seeking for the roster.

We named Carton as one of five stars that made sense to be offered a standard NBA contract based on their outstanding summer league performances. Since that article was published, many of the players named have indeed gone on to sign with other NBA teams.

Will Carton earn a spot on the Timberwolves roster? Or is this merely a transaction to facilitate ensuring that the Timberwolves can assign Carton to the Iowa Wolves?  Stay tuned . . .

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