Preseason is complete and now the regular season awaits for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was a hugely successful exhibition campaign for Minnesota, as they bulldozed through the schedule and finished 5-0 in preseason for the first time ever.
With their sights now set on the 82 games that will count in the record books, the Wolves are shoring up their roster and have made some significant cuts. Tyrese Martin, D.J. Carton and Trevor Keels were signed to the roster on training camp deals, and they have now all been waived.
Matt Ryan, formerly playing on a two-way contract, was waived as well. That leaves Minnesota’s roster at 17 total players, with 14 out of 15 standard roster spots filled. They will be able to sign one additional player to a standard contract.
Of course, the Timberwolves are not the only team making cuts and shaping out their roster. Other players are being let go as we speak, and the New York Knicks’ recent waiving of Isaiah Roby may give Minnesota a solid option for their final roster spot.
Isaiah Roby could be the best option for the Timberwolves
As of right now, the Timberwolves’ roster is incredibly deep and filled with players that can produce if given ample playing time. There is certainly no guarantee that Isaiah Roby would actually crack Head Coach Chris Finch’s rotation, but he could be good insurance in case of an injury.
The thing that would probably make the Timberwolves think hard about signing Roby is his shooting skill. He is a 35% three-point shooter for his career, which is respectable. But two seasons ago in OKC, he shot the lights out in averaging 44% from beyond the arc.
That alone could make Roby the right choice for Minnesota’s last roster spot. The Wolves could still use some additional shooting firepower, and Roby’s 6-foot-8, 230 pound frame makes him a shooter that can be used in varying lineups.
If the Timberwolves do decide to sign him, they would likely ink Roby on a non-guaranteed deal to give them roster flexibility as the year goes on. Otherwise, they could put him on a two-way contract and promote someone else (possibly Luka Garza) to a standard contract.