The Minnesota Timberwolves have been hitting nothing but home runs this off-season, but there’s at least one single that they still need to hit: Gerald Green.
After being one of the league’s bottom-feeders for quite some time, Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden wanted to change the image — and fast. And boy, did they do just that and have set this team up for playoff runs for years to come.
First, the new regime traded Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to the Chicago Bulls for Jimmy Butler. Then, they added veterans with playoff experience in Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford. Minnesota also signed Anthony Brown to one of their two, two-way deals.
Recently, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Minnesota signed Melo Trimble to a partially guaranteed deal. That was followed up by Tuesday’s news of the signing of Marcus Georges-Hunt to a non-guaranteed deal of his own.
Minnesota is still looking to fill three of their guaranteed spots with veterans to help the playoffs push, plus their other two-way contract slot.
While Tony Allen is probably the best overall wing player still on the market, there is no doubt plenty of competition for his services. And if he doesn’t end up in Minnesota, I have another idea, and it’s yet another reunion…
Gerald Green would be a great pickup for this Minnesota team.
Yes, Green has played for Minnesota before, as he was one of five players sent to the Timberwolves from the Boston Celtics in the Kevin Garnett trade back in 2007.
Green only played in 29 games and didn’t make a huge name for himself in 2007. Well, outside of this, of course…
He can change his impression with Wolves fans this season, however, by signing with Minnesota.
Green could be a perfect plug-and play-forward for both regular and small-ball lineups. He continues to have the ability to be a scorer as we saw a few times this past season when he posted 19 against the Memphis Grizzlies as a member of the Boston Celtics.
He is also a career 36.1 percent shooter from three-point range, but perhaps more importantly is the jack-of-all-trades skill-set he brings to the table. And don’t forget: Green stepped up big time in the playoffs for the Celtics, starting in seven games after starting exactly zero in the regular season.
Green is a threat with and without the ball which is something Thibodeau would love. And, a Crawford, Andrew Wiggins, Green, Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns lineup could be extremely fun to see.
Sure, Green wouldn’t be a game-changer, but he would be a perfect fit for the Timberwolves.