NBA players must be waived by Thursday to become playoff eligible with another team. With Jimmy Butler injured, the Wolves have an open roster spot and the need to add a player(s), preferably a shooter, rim protector or defensive-minded wing. Here’s a look at players already waived or who could be. (Players already waived can sign with a new team after Thursday and still be playoff eligible.)


Joakim Noah: Knicks and Noah agreed to move on, but there’s those two years and $42M still owed to him before he could come here or sign with a contender.

Shabazz Muhammad: Wolves forward wants to go somewhere he’ll play and has a veteran’s minimum option for next season. “No, we like the team we have,” Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday about a buyout.

Luol Deng: Similar situation to Noah’s and Lakers probably will wait until summer before they pay him off big. But he’s a Thibodeau favorite.

Others: Brooklyn’s Quincy Acy, N.Y.’s Jarrett Jack, Phoenix’s Tyson Chandler, Orlando’s Arron Afflalo, Sacramento’s Vince Carter.


Derrick Rose: Not a wing defender/shooter, but he can still score and the connection to Thibodeau remains strong. Never say never until he signs elsewhere.

Tony Allen: He’s 36 and offers the brand of defense Thibodeau loves, but he hasn’t played since a December fibula fracture.

Gerald Henderson: A veteran wing with playoff experience who had hip surgery last summer and hasn’t played since then.

Corey Brewer: Two-time Timberwolf reached a buyout with the Lakers Wednesday but could be OKC-bound to play for college coach Billy Donovan.

Others: Randy Foye, Mike Dunleavy Jr.