At first glance the Minnesota Timberwolves seem to have their roster basically set with the season on the horizon, but Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN-Twin Cities reported on Wednesday that Richard Hamilton is on the team’s radar and could be signed if they look outside the organization to fill out their final 15-man roster. Is the veteran swingman a good fit for the Timberwolves?
Hamilton was waived by the Chicago Bulls in July after playing in 50 games (45 starts) for them last season, and he averaged 9.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game over just under 22 minutes per contest. Injuries have become a big concern for the 35-year old in recent years, and he is now a long way from his peak with the Detroit Pistons in the early-to-mid 2000′s.
Current Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations Flip Saunders was the Pistons’ coach for three seasons (2005-2008) when Hamilton was there, so that likely explains any interest the team has in bringing him aboard. Chase Budinger is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his left knee in late September and guard Kevin Martin has been limited by an Achilles’ issue this preseason, so Minnesota finds itself in need of some depth at the wing positions and Hamilton fits that profile.
Hamilton has no other reported suitors, which is a red flag in my opinion, so the Timberwolves look to be competing with themselves for his services at this point if they have serious interest. I think he is a good fit under the right circumstances, including the price point in terms of salary, but if Hamilton has to play much more than he did last year with the Bulls his ability to stay on the floor would surely be compromised.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.