After injuries derailed any chance that the Minnesota Timberwolves had of making the playoffs in the 2012-2013 NBA season, they spent this summer adding depth, specifically at the wings. Re-signing Chase Budinger and the additions of Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer are all moves that should give this Wolves team a huge boost in the upcoming season.
However, one of the overlooked things that happened with the Wolves this season was the loss of Luke Ridnour. With Ridnour out of Minnesota, that leaves J.J. Barea as their only true point guard left on the roster to back up Ricky Rubio. As Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves and CBS Sports pointed out recently on the Eye On Basketball podcast, Barea is more of an energy guy off of the bench than he is a reliable backup point guard.
Likely recognizing their need in this area, the Wolves might be looking to training camp to see if they can find someone who can help perform the backup duties at the point this season. According to Nate Sandell of 1500ESPN, A.J. Price is a guy that the Wolves could be looking at in training camp.
Price has spent four seasons in the league, splitting time between two separate organizations. In 207 career games, Price has averaged 6.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, though he has only shot 38 percent over his career.
Though it’s not ideal to have two point guards that aren’t great shooters on the same team, Price is a player that could come off of the bench for Minnesota and successfully run the offense and distribute for his teammates. Price isn’t going to be a dynamic playmaker for the Wolves any time soon, but he could prove to be a player they need depending on his showing at camp.
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