Timberwolves Waive A.J. Price

William Bohl —  April 3, 2014 — 5 Comments

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The Timberwolves have waived fifth-year point guard A.J. Price, the team announced this morning.

A second round pick from Connecticut in 2009, the 27-year-old spent his first four NBA seasons with Indiana (2009-12) and Washington (2012-13) before signing a 1 year, $950,000 deal with Minnesota prior to training camp. He was never able to crack Rick Adelman’s rotation, appearing in just 28 games, tallying 99 total minutes in 2013-14. He averaged 1.6 points and 0.5 assists on 41% shooting from the floor during his time with the Wolves.

The decision to waive Price was made last night (as 1500ESPN’s Nate Sandell points out here) and frees up a roster spot for the team. Due to Dante Cunningham’s legal troubles and Nikola Pekovic’s injured ankle, it’s likely only 12 players will be available for their weekend road trip to Miami (Friday) and Orlando (Saturday).

There is no word, as of yet, what the team plans to do with its 15th and final roster spot.

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5 responses to Timberwolves Waive A.J. Price

  1. Aaaaaaand there goes a bunch of people’s “dark horse” to fix the Timberwolves’ bench

  2. Maybe this is a sign that he was closer to “roster fringe” than “rotation player.”

  3. To be fair, he seemed like a good guy like Turiaf, and he still gets paid for the whole season. My guess is they’ll be signing a guy who they can give an unguaranteed deal for next year and put on their summer league team. Lorenzo Brown, maybe (I got that idea from a Canis Hoopus comment)?

  4. Maybe I’m out if it but why release him? Why now? Like anyone else coming in is going to get any playing time…

  5. See previous comment. It’s not about giving big minutes to a D Leaguer. They want to sign someone not on a roster to put him on their summer league team and bring him to camp next fall. Doing this allows them to get a head start on other teams who might want the same player for the same purposes but don’t have a roster spot to spare. They probably would’ve done this when it was clear they didn’t have a chance to make the playoffs, but he had an appendectomy and they allowed him to recover before waiving him.

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