The Timberwolves signed Naz Reid to a two-way contract soon after the draft, meaning they had his rights for this season and could play him either in Iowa for the G-League Wolves or with the parent club, and had the option of turning the contract into a full NBA deal at their discretion.
They obviously were very impressed with what they saw of Reid during Summer League in Las Vegas, because instead they ripped up that two-way deal and signed Reid to a four year deal worth as much as $6.1 million, according to The Athletic. Only the first year is guaranteed, but it gives Reid a spot on the permanent Wolves roster for this season at least, a real bonus for the big man.
There is obviously very little risk to this deal for the Wolves: If he doesn’t crack the rotation or show promise, they can cut him after this season with little or no cap impact; if he does emerge as a real NBA player, they have him on the cheap for four full seasons if they so choose.
The downside of course is that roster spots have value in the NBA, given there are only 15 of them per team, and Reid now takes up a spot, leaving the roster looking like this:
That’s 13, meaning at least one of Treveon Graham, Tyrone Wallace, or Jaylen Nowell will not make the roster.
I’m not sure I wouldn’t prefer any of those guys over Reid, though we are talking the end of the roster here and it likely makes no difference at all.
Reid showed impressive shooting touch for a big man at summer league, making 8-21 threes after shooting them well at LSU in his one season in college. It’s not clear what else he does exactly, as he struggled badly moving defensively and showed subpar explosiveness.
He does look like he has a modicum of basketball IQ, often looking to make the right play. He finished second on the team in total assists in Las Vegas, though also led the team in turnovers.
Given the big men ahead of him on the roster, it’s going to be tough for Reid to carve out a role on the floor, but clearly the Wolves see something in him and want to give themselves the opportunity to hang on to him in the coming years.