Omri Casspi made his Timberwolves debut Tuesday, wearing his third jersey in a little more than a month and sporting a small brace on his healing right thumb.
Casspi, 28, was signed by the Wolves on Monday for the rest of the season in the wake of Nemanja Bjelica’s foot injury.
“From Feb. 20 to March 20, I was in Sacramento still, then going to New Orleans, and now here,’’ Casspi said. ‘‘But it’s playing basketball, it’s fun and I’m going to enjoy this ride.’’
It could be a relatively short ride, at least here. There is no guarantee he’ll be back next season. But, for now, Casspi is nearly 100 percent healthy and the Wolves need a stretch forward who can hit a shot. So it was a good match.
“We need shooting,’’ Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We knew that.’’ Thibodeau pointed to the way Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins have been defended. Even Ricky Rubio — whose scoring and shooting have improved — is starting to see some double teams according to Thibodeau.
“We think [Casspi] can open up the floor,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘He’s shown throughout his career he’s been a really good shooter. We’ve always liked him. So we’ll get a look at him.’’
Casspi will wear the brace on his thumb the rest of the season, but he said that it wouldn’t affect his shot.
Not having played for nearly a month, there was a little rust to be worked off Tuesday. But Thibodeau didn’t sound too worried about that.
“He’s a veteran,’’ Thibodeau said. “And he’s been around. So I think that’s a plus. It will be a small package that we use with him.’’
Casspi scored five points in 21 minutes of action Tuesday night.
• Bjelica had successful surgery Monday to repair a fractured navicular bone in his left foot Monday in New York. Bjelica sustained the injury in the second quarter of the March 15 game in Boston.
• The Wolves will unveil their new logo April 11. It will happen at halftime of the team’s final home game of the season, and the jersey will be unveiled during a special halftime show.