In desperate need of backup wings, the Wolves have finally made a move to grab a player who might be able to soak up a few perimeter minutes at some point next season.
An old Summer League friend of the Summer Wolves, C.J. Williams, 28, is finalizing a two-way deal with the team, according to free agent news breaker Shams Charania. (An offer to contribute to Canis Hoopus is always on the table if you’re reading this, Mr. Charania, though we certainly cannot meet your contract demands.)
Sources: The Timberwolves and swingman C.J. Williams are finalizing a two-way NBA contract. Williams emerged as a rotation wing on a two-way deal with the Clippers last season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 31, 2018
Williams on a two-way deal feels like a great move on the surface, with little to no downside. He is probably no more than a wing grinder that can defend and will give it his all (valuable traits) but the Wolves need additional bodies on the wing and Williams fills that need in a low-risk move.
While it doesn’t look like he’s going to bring much in the three-point shooting department (22-78 in 38 games for the Clippers last season) and might simply be an insurance wing that won’t get a real opportunity in Minnesota under Tom Thibodeau, he is a real life wing that can defend and that’s good news.
Here’s a video of Williams hitting the game-winner vs. the Hawks. (Finals here we come!)
Williams will join Rhode Island guard Jared Terrell, 23, as the other two-way player in Minnesota next season. Last year, for whatever it’s worth, both of the Wolves’ two-way contract guys, Anthony Brown and Amile Jefferson, were not factors at the NBA level, though both flashed capable skills with the Iowa Wolves throughout the year.
More wings, please. Williams makes sense on a two-way deal and signing him seems like a wise transaction. Now they need to chase another cheap veteran wing they can reasonably lean on when needed next season.