Top 3 buyout candidates the Timberwolves can snag

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The trade deadline has passed and the Minnesota Timberwolves came away with a new backup point guard, Monte Morris from the Detroit Pistons.

While backup point guard was a top priority for the Wolves. They still need a wing player to come off the bench and supply the reserve unit with ample scoring.

The buyout market is a great place for contending teams to make a final move to push them over the hump. And the Timberwolves should be trying to do just that being tied for first in the robust Western Conference. 

Here are the three buyout candidates the Timberwolves should be looking at.

Honorable Mentions: Grant Williams and Seth Curry

Forward Grant Williams was traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for P.J. Washington. 

Williams has not officially hit the buyout market, nor is there a report of what the tanking Hornets will do with Williams. But, if available, he would automatically rank first on the Wolves' list with his defense, length, and shooting.

There is also no word on Seth Curry, whether he will be bought out or not. Curry is having a down season and is a bit undersized for what the Wolves need at just 6-foot-1. However, he is a proven bench scorer and can rightfully ease Naz Reid's reserve scoring burden if he were to sign with Minnesota. Curry would likely rank third on the list if he's bought out.

3. Furkan Korkmaz

Furkan Korkmaz
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The former Philadelphia 76ers wing is a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter. He is far from a perfect player, as his defense is suspect and his playmaking leaves much to be desired. But he sure can shoot it. Korkmaz is a career 36 percent three-point shooter. 

Furthermore, he's had two seasons of shooting over 39 percent from three. And quite frankly, if the Wolves can sign a 6-foot-7 wing to play 10-15 minutes a game while shooting 37 percent from deep, consider it a win.

2. Marcus Morris Sr.

Marcus Morris Sr.
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Marcus Morris Sr. is also a former Sixer. Similar to his former teammate, the veteran wing shoots it well from beyond the arc. Although Morris is connecting on a higher percentage of his 3-point looks than Korkmaz this season. In 17.2 minutes per game, Morris Sr. is knocking down 40.0 percent of his attempts from deep.

Morris has proved to be a consistent shooter for much of his career. He's connected on 37.7 percent of his 3-pointers throughout his career. The downside with Morris is his age. At 34 years old, he's limited to guarding power forwards and some slower small forwards.

1. Joe Harris

Jan 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Joe Harris (31) before the game against
Jan 7, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Pistons forward Joe Harris (31) before the game against / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Harris is one of the best shooters in the NBA. Although he is having a down year, shooting only 33.3 percent from three this season, he's a career 43.6 percent marksman. The 32-year-old Harris does get some slack, as he suited up for the lowly Pistons this season.

Harris would be a perfect fit for the Timberwolves bench next to Morris and Reid. The Wolves reserves would have it all. Morris and Red, a pick-and-roll duo, Nickel Alexander-Walker as the 3-and-D wing, Kyle Anderson as a Swiss Army Knife, and Harris flanking the aforementioned reserves, spotting up around the arc for open looks.