Tom Thibodeau says Cole Aldrich is part of Timberwolves’ future
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been one of the most active teams this offseason, reshaping their roster in an attempt to finally contend in the Western Conference once again.
One of the players that appears to be on the bubble is veteran big man Cole Aldrich, who has been involved in trade rumors over the last few weeks. In light of that, Tom Thibodeau, head coach and president of basketball operations for Minnesota, made it clear that Aldrich remains a part of the team’s plans.
Thibodeau said Aldrich is still a part of the Timberwolves’ plans.
“The thing is you have size, you need depth up front,” he said. “I think the way you have to build your team today is you need to have size and the ability to play small. You need to do both. So the quality depth up front is key.”
Aldrich is set to enter the second year of his three-year, $21.9 million deal that possesses no player or team options. He was repeatedly mentioned in a potential trade that would have sent him to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for C.J. Miles. However, the Pacers instead decided to work out a deal with the Toronto Raptors.
The fact that Thibodeau came out in support of Aldrich remaining with the Timberwolves holds some weight. The 28-year-old does provide some much-needed depth in the front court.
In his first season in Minnesota, Aldrich averaged 1.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per contest (62 games).