The Minnesota Timberwolves have been busy this offseason as the franchise aims for a deeper playoff run next year. Rudy Gobert was a nice addition which boosts their defensive prowess. However, they lost Patrick Beverley through that trade but it sounds like the front office found a replacement in Austin Rivers.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves have officially signed Rivers on a one-year deal. Although Beverley is no longer in Minnesota, the front office found a solid rotational guard for the upcoming season. He played decently enough for the Denver Nuggets and gets another opportunity on a new team.
Free agent guard Austin Rivers has agreed on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, his agents Dave Spahn and Aaron Mintz of CAA Sports tell ESPN. Rivers played 67 games for Denver a year ago, where new president Tim Connelly signed him in consecutive seasons.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 15, 2022
This is a rather smart signing for the Timberwolves. Considering their defense is going to be elite as is, they needed to increase their offensive firepower off the bench. Minnesota gets just that in Austin Rivers who has averaged 8.8 points and 2.2 assists per game throughout his career.
With Rivers on the roster, Timberwolves fans can feel more at ease about the depth of the lineup. The front office has brought in some amazing talent to this team from the starting squad to the rotational players. We'll see how the season plays out, but it's clear Minnesota has its sights on a deep playoff run in the 2022-23 season.
Austin Rivers should fit in nicely with the rotation. He'll just have to focus on being a consistent role player for the Timberwolves, which is a position we've seen him thrive in throughout his career. The veteran guard finds a great landing spot to further his career and is a great replacement for Patrick Beverley.