Timberwolves adding 2018 first round pick for team that will take Cole Aldrich
Even with the moves the Minnesota Timberwolves have made so far this summer, they appear not to be done yet, as they have to create room for the signing of Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson. They are reportedly looking to dump the salary of Cole Aldrich and are looking for any taker on his services.
The backup center is due $7.3 million next season, but his pay will only be guaranteed for a little more than $2 million in 2018-2019, making him an intriguing prospect for teams needing a serviceable big man to bolster their frontline rotation or a viable trade piece next summer.
The Wolves are also sweetening a potential deal by throwing in a first round pick for next year, which they acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Wolves appear to be floating OKC’s 2018 pick for anybody that will take on Cole Aldrich’s $7 million deal. Kings prolly wanna look at that
— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) July 2, 2017
The L.A. Clippers also makes sense as a possible destination for Aldrich as his salary perfectly fits the trade exception they created when they dealt Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets last week. He could also be their primary backup for DeAndre Jordan, and hopefully provide them with quality minutes off the bench while their starter is taking a breather.
Aldrich also has a deep understanding of Doc Rivers‘ system, having played for the Clippers in 2015-2016, appearing in 60 games, and averaged 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. For now, the waiting game continues for the Timberwolves.