According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Timberwolves have made their first signing of the offseason.
Cole Aldrich has landed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Timberwolves, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 3, 2016
Aldrich has been a journeyman so far in his career, this now being his sixth team in eight years. But in that time, he has developed a reputation as a solid, defensive-minded backup center that can give a team quality minutes.
Last year, Aldrich played 60 games for the Clippers, averaging 5.5 points (on a career best 59 percent shooting clip), 4.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 13.3 minutes per game of action.
Aldrich is a native of Minnesota and attended Bloomington-Jefferson High School, but this does not have the feels of a “country club” signing. Tom Thibodeau is not from Minnesota. He doesn’t care about who is and isn’t from Minnesota. This move, a relative bargain of a move (look at what centers of similar reputation have made this summer), is about basketball.
What this means for the bigs clutter of Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Kevin Garnett, Nemanja Bjelica, Adreian Payne, and now Aldrich is unclear, but what is clear is that Thibs and Scott Layden are not done this summer.
We’ll have more as the Wolves make more moves in free agency. From the sounds of it, there’s more to come.
As I said at the start, Wovles were looking for a center and a shooter. One down, one to go.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) July 3, 2016