The Wolves have been granted a hardship exception by the NBA and allowed to add a 16th player to their roster. They have signed free agent forward Jeff Adrien, who played last season for Charlotte and Milwaukee.
Here's the text of the team's press release:
Minneapolis/St. Paul - The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed forward Jeff Adrien. The Timberwolves were granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot due to having four players out due to injury. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.
Adrien, 28, averaged 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season in 53 games (12 starts) between Milwaukee and Charlotte. Adrien averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28 games (12 starts) after being acquired by the Bucks on Feb. 20 in a midseason trade with the Bobcats.
A 6-7 forward, Adrien has averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 136 career games over four seasons between Charlotte, Golden State, Houston and Milwaukee.
Adrien seems like a bit of an odd choice, as he's an undersized power forward, something the team doesn't lack. I would have expected a point guard to be the priority if they got an exception. Adrien is a strong rebounder who gets to the line a lot, but doesn't shoot it well from anywhere and isn't big enough to guard power players effectively.
On the other hand, he's 28 years old and in about 2000 career minutes in the NBA he's been a close to average player, which is not easy to come by on the free agent market in late November.
What do you think of this acquisition?