Timberwolves surprisingly sign 2 as team still tinkering with roster

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The Minnesota Timberwolves do not appear to be content to merely fill their own roster. With the latest news today, the Timberwolves appear to be prepared to ensure that their G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves, also enjoys a competitive roster. What do I mean? Well, the latest news out of left field indicates that the Timberwolves roster continues to undergo additions, as the team has just announced two players signing contracts with the team.

No details are currently available on the signings, but you can safely expect both to be Exhibit 10 contracts. We’ll discuss why in just a moment.

Brian Bowen II was a solid contributor in the 2023 Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League and clearly impressed the Timberwolves enough for a longer relationship this season. Javonte Cooke is also a young player who caught the eye of the Timberwolves in the 2023 summer league competition, and he will likely have the opportunity to continue his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves in some capacity as well.

While today’s signings are unexpected, NBA analyst Luke Adams expects both players to be cut later today, on October 21, 2023. The signing and waiving of players by the Timberwolves allows the team to designate up to four players to their G-League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves.

NBA teams can assign up to four players to their G-League affiliate after training camp with ‘Affiliate players’ designations. The Minnesota Timberwolves had waived all Exhibit 10 contracted players already, including the intriguing D.J. Carton.

And as expected, just hours after the signings:

While today’s roster moves are unlikely to impact the Timberwolves this season, any players ultimately designated to the Iowa Wolves could appear on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster in the future.

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