2015 Offseason, Transactions

Report: Wolves sign Prince to one-year, veteran’s minimum deal


The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly agreed to a one-year veteran’s minimum deal with Prince, who was last seen balling with the Revolution against Charlie Murphy. Either that or they’ve agreed to the same deal with 13-year Tayshaun Prince, who was last seen back on the Detroit Pistons — his third team to finish out the 2014-15 season.

This move complicates things a little bit because if Prince ends up making the team, the roster will be 17 guys and that’s officially against the rules. Lorenzo Brown has a non-guaranteed deal ($75,000 guaranteed until 1/10/2016) and the other odd man out would likely be Damjan Rudez. He’s signed through the 2016-17 season, but it’s a team option. That should make trading his $1.1 million salary much easier or they could just waive him/buy him out and eat that money.

If Prince makes the team, he provides another nice veteran presence to mentor the young guys. He doesn’t really have much left in the tank but he was a solid presence on the Grizzlies, Celtics, and Pistons in each of his three stops last season. Having him around someone like Andrew Wiggins would be a great teaching environment for defense, and I’d be shocked if Prince was really given a crack at the rotation unless some injuries start hitting the team again.

Flip Saunders and Prince (Tayshaun, not the symbol… actually Flip and musician Prince could absolutely have some background hanging out together) have some history. Prince was in Detroit from 2005-2008 when Saunders coached the team. Prince played in every game those three seasons and led the team in minutes over that span. However, that was seven years ago and Prince’s body just isn’t in the same shape. Having Prince, Kevin Garnett, and Andre Miller on the roster should provide plenty of extra teaching and mentoring.

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5 thoughts on “Report: Wolves sign Prince to one-year, veteran’s minimum deal

  1. I understand all the naysayers, but really people how many “young guy projects” do the Twolves need? Prince is a professional and will add to making a a more balanced locker room, which probably helps our current “young guy projects” more than a couple more young guys, who aren’t getting minutes and are just screwing around on the end of the bench.

    Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite pictures from games are of Michale Beasley, Derek Williams, and Wes Johnson cracking jokes during timeouts… but probably not what we need for Wiggo and crew to progress. Glad to have old man Prince to (hopefully) teach these young pups what it takes to be a champion.

  2. I love this move. I can’t remember the last time we had this many (3) veterans on the team. How has that worked out for us for the last 10 years? If it means letting go of a few young projects we all know aren’t really going to work out – so be it, let’s move on. Plus Prince is money from deep and could be a nice complement to a driving Rubio, Wiggins, etc. He’s always been better than you’d think he’d be. He probably doesn’t have much in the tank per above but I love the idea of him teaching the puppies the “intangibles”. Plus I’m a huge Kentucky fan, so the more ex-Wildcats we can get on the squad the better. 🙂

  3. Well, I thought they’d need another wing to balance the roster, and it seemed like a defensively-oriented guy would be a better fit. Rudez is a PF, Brown seems like a fringe prospect as a PG, and the league just seems to have moved past PFs w Bennett’s strengths. I didn’t realize Prince is a 41.4% corner 3 shooter, which makes him less of an offensive problem if he had to step in for a few games. With that said, he’s only a rotation guy if one or more of their other 4 wings is injured.

    As for the veteran component to it, there’s a reason few young teams make the playoffs. Most recently, Davis made it in his 3rd season, and it took Durant’s injuries to make that possible. I look at what this team did defensively with their vets as opposed to their younger guys, and the difference makes it pretty clear that the problem had more to do with youth than with scheme. Yes, Philly finished in the top half of the league, but they had exactly 1 young cornerstone in Noel who was much better on D than O and a bunch of guys getting a chance because the team thought they could teach good wing defenders to shoot. This team has prospects mostly known for offense and athleticism, and this is a way to develop their defense more effectively.

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