So now what?
After the Timberwolves missed out on D’Angelo Russell late Sunday night, it sent a wave of disappointment for those fans who had high hopes while others who may have been more jaded now have the right to say, “I told you so.”
But the Wolves still need to field a roster for next season, and while you can put to rest those dreams of a Russell-Karl-Anthony Towns pick and roll, perhaps Russell’s decision to play for Golden State opens up room for Tyus Jones to come back.
Jones had a meeting with the Wolves via Skype on Sunday and he’s a restricted free agent, meaning the Wolves can match any offer sheet that Jones gets. A lot of guards have already come off the free-agent market, and it’ll be interesting to see where it lands for Jones. It’s hard to pin down where exactly Jones’ value is. He could command an annual salary in the $8 million range, but that could fluctuate up or down.
The Wolves are expected to continue their conversations with Jones and after missing out on Russell, the Wolves are still in need of point guards, especially now that Derrick Rose’s return isn’t an option as he is set to sign a two-year deal with Detroit. Jeff Teague and his expiring $19 million deal are still on the roster for next season.
The Wolves still have a need for power forwards after Taj Gibson signed with the Knicks and the team traded Dario Saric to the Suns in the deal that netted Jarrett Culver with the No. 6 pick in the draft.
As it stands now, Gorgui Dieng is the only natural four on the Wolves roster or else the team will have to play small ball with Robert Covington potentially at that position, something President Gersson Rosas said the team was open to trying.
One name to watch in that market is JaMychal Green, who has played five seasons with the Clippers, Grizzlies and Spurs. He averaged 9.4 points per game in playing 65 games with the Grizzlies and Clippers.
Both Marcus and Markieff Morris are also available.
As of Sunday, there was little contact between Anthony Tolliver and the Wolves about bringing Tolliver back.