3 Timberwolves who earned untouchable status, 2 who could be cut loose

This past season, several players in Minnesota cemented their role for the future, while others became more expendable.
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Untouchable: Naz Reid

The story of Naz Reid will always be a fascinating one. After going undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft, Naz signed a two-way deal with Minnesota, which was quickly converted into a full-time, multi-year standard contract. At the time, he was not expected to be a big contributor or play heavy minutes in the Wolves' rotation. Sure enough, he played just over 15 minutes per night his rookie year, as the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

But as time moved on, Reid proved his importance by bringing energy, athleticism and sharp shooting every time he came off the bench in the coming years. His fun play style and exciting upside made him a fan favorite at Target Center in no time, with fans even turning his name into a meme by posting simply "Naz Reid" across social media spaces.

Fast forward to the summer of 2023, and the Timberwolves found themselves at a crossroads. They wanted to re-sign Naz, but it was not a certainty one of the most beloved Wolves would remain in town. When he did officially agree to a new three-year extension, all of Minnesota rejoiced. Reid followed this up by putting together a Sixth Man of the Year season in 2023-24, further solidifying that he is as untouchable as you can get on this roster.