Timberwolves Chasing Centers in the Commercial Market
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Rumors about Mayo Clinic Square have been pretty much non-existent since new president of basketball operations Tim Connelly took over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The NBA Draft is Thursday and we know D’Angelo Russell is on the chopping block, if the price is right. Beyond that, we had to guess what the Wolves front office thinks.
This silence was broken on Monday morning by Shams Charaniawhen he included a short Timberwolves scoop in an offseason update / teaser published in The Athletic.
The Timberwolves have discussed deals around veteran centers, including Atlanta’s Clint Capela, sources said. – Shams (athletics)
Clint Capela, who just turned 28, is about as close to an old-school center as you can get in 2022. He’s not shooting from the outside (0 for 3 in 8 years of career), but he goes up and down the floor and contributes on both sides.
Last season, Capela averaged a double-double and actually scored more rebounds than points (11.1 ppg, 11.9 rpg). Like many greats, he struggles with free throws (career 52.7% average) but he makes up for it with his offensive and defensive efficiency.
It is one of only 11 centers in the NBA last season to finish positive in both the offensive and defensive rating (132 Disabled, 109 Set), which he has done in every season of his career, his first year being the only exception. He is also exceptional in pick and roll and blocks a lot of shots (career average of 1.5).
Trae Young and Clint Capela are still in sync in the pick-and-roll!
*walked away without looking oop*
—NBA (@NBA) April 13, 2022
Other centers available
Some other league centers, available through free or commercial agency, are below.
Free agents (via The Athletic):
- DeAndre Ayton – Phoenix Suns
- Chris Boucher – Toronto Raptors
- Mitchell Robinson–New York Knicks
- Jusuf Nurkic – Portland Trail Blazers
- Bobby Portis – Milwaukee Bucks
- Montrezl Harrell – Charlotte Hornets
- Kevon Looney–Golden State Warriors
- Isaiah Hartenstein – LA Clippers
- André Drummond – Brooklyn Nets
Trading Options (HoopsRumors.com)
- Myles Turner – Indiana Pacers
- Nikola Vucevic-Chicago Bulls
- Jakob Poeltl – San Antonio Spurs
- Steven Adams-Memphis Grizzlies