Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas says the franchise may sign more than 15 guaranteed contracts to create competition on the roster.
The Timberwolves missed the playoffs last season and lost three keys players from last year’s team this summer in Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and Tyus Jones.
Rosas, who became the Timberwolves’ president this summer, wants Minnesota to be a competitive group.
“If we have to eat a contract, we’ll eat a contract,” Rosas said, via Christopher Hine of the Star Tribune. “We want to create depth, competitiveness and sometimes you end up eating or trading a contract you need to.”
The Timberwolves’ roster is headlined by Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, Robert Covington, Jordan Bell, Josh Okogie, Gorgui Dieng, Jake Layman and rookie Jarrett Culver.
Minnesota is going to go as far as Towns and Wiggins can take them. Towns has established himself as one of the best centers in the league, while Wiggins has underwhelmed after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
It’s going to be tough for the Timberwolves to make the postseason next year since the Western Conference is loaded with elite teams. Minnesota, under Rosas, is trying to establish a new culture of competitiveness and bringing in more than 15 players is a good way to evaluate the roster in training camp.