Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: Free-Agent Richard Hamilton On Radar for Final Roster Spot
The Minnesota Timberwolves made a concerted effort this off-season to add depth to the wings heading into the 2013-2014 NBA season. Though some might believe they overpaid some of these guys, the Wolves definitely addressed the issue well as they were able to re-sign Chase Budinger in addition to signing free-agents Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer.
However, there is still one roster spot that the Wolves could look to fill as they battle through the preseason. Though there is a possibility that one of several camp and preseason signees could fill that roster spot, the Wolves could look elsewhere to finalize their roster.
According to a report from Nate Sandell and Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, new Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has been scouring the free-agent and trade markets for a player to fill that last roster spot. One name that has surfaced in these discussions is veteran shooting guard Richard Hamilton.
For his career, Hamilton has been a reliable option on the wing, averaging 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game on 44.9 percent shooting from the field and 34.6 percent shooting from long-range. Though he was slowed by injuries and inconsistent play over the last two seasons with the Chicago Bulls, there’s a chance that Hamilton has something left in the tank.
With the injury to Budinger that required him to have part of his meniscus removed, the Wolves could very well be looking to add another wing, once again in the interest of having depth in that are for this season. If they were to land Hamilton, the 35-year-old wouldn’t play a featured role, but he would be able to slide in as a key contributor off of the bench. If the Wolves can land him and get him back to playing better than he did in Chicago, Hamilton would be a nice pick-up for Minnesota.