Timberwolves’ Gersson Rosas claims they had to ‘fight off other teams’ in getting Naz Reid to their Summer League squad
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas claimed that they had to ‘fight off other teams’ to acquire forward Naz Reid to their Summer League roster.
Per Jace Frederick of TwinCities.com, Rosas claims that getting the 6-foot-10 Reid was like having another pick in the draft.
“We were very fortunate,” Rosas said. “We had to fight off other teams. It wasn’t like anybody else wasn’t interested in him. We were able to execute there. We believed in Naz and our vision and how we want to play and what we want to do.”
The 19-year-old Reid spent one year with LSU before declaring for the NBA Draft. Unfortunately, he wasn’t selected by the team but his journey didn’t end there. The Wolves already had their eyes on him. They initially thought of offering him a two-way contract and see how he develops.
But in the Summer League, Reid established himself as a dominant presence in the paint. In the Wolves’ 6-1 Summer League record, he averaged 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.6 minutes. His stellar showing triggered the team to offer him a four-year deal worth $6.1 million. The first year of the contract is guaranteed. Rosas added that his whole staff deserves a lot of credit for spotting a talent like Reid.
“It’s an early fruit of our labor,” Rosas said. “We identified a player that went undrafted who we considered a valuable drafted player in terms of our board. To be able to bring him into the program, evaluate him and see him play in our style and see how productive and talented he is, we were very fortunate that we were able to work something out that worked for him and worked for us and will allow us to invest more in him and develop him at a high level. We’re excited about that success, and our staff deserves a lot of credit for that.”
Reid will likely serve as a backup center to two-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns. When he develops, we may the rise of a twin-tower duo in Minnesota.