Shams Charania of Yahoo has just reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves have just signed Anthony Tolliver to a one year deal worth about $5 million dollars.
Just 15 minutes before, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Timberwolves would be withdrawing the qualifying offer to Nemanja Bjelica. Leaving him an unrestricted free agent and out of the Timberwolves’ future plans.
Tolliver, who is going to be turning 33 this coming season, has already had a stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Tolliver, while a longtime NBA journeyman, has shown to be productive at the NBA level. He has recently spent time with the Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns.
While Wolves fans will be upset with the loss of Bjelica, Tolliver offers the the Wolves a lot of valuable skills as they aim to make their second playoff appearance in a row. He shoots 43% from deep which fills a direct need to the lack of 3 point shooting on this roster. Tolliver is also regarded as a great locker room guy, which has almost become a must need with the reported discontent that has been growing in the Wolves locker room.
This will more than likely be the only signing the Wolves make this offseason due to lack of cap room and fear of falling into the luxury tax. Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden can still use the rest of their MLE exception to sign Keita Bates-Diop to a long term deal but otherwise they will have to use the veteran minimum to fill out the rest of the roster. Unless a major trade happens within the next few weeks, this will be how your Minnesota Timberwolves will look in the 2018-19 NBA season.
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