The Minnesota Timberwolves have said all the right things about power forward Derrick Williams this offseason, though, they refuse to commit long term.
When asked if the team planned to exercise Williams’ contract option for the 2014-15 season, owner Glen Taylor said they’ll evaluate it when the time comes.
Per ESPN 1500:
“We’ll evaluate his summer program, and how he looks coming into camp (which starts Oct. 1),” Taylor said. “I heard he is looking good.”
Exercising Williams’ fourth-year option is potentially enough to carry the Wolves over the luxury tax and not allow them to sign a free agent for the mid-level exception, according to Grantland.com’s Zach Lowe.
Williams is working out in Los Angeles with trainer Gunnar Peterson, who said recently via email that Williams is stronger and more balanced than a year ago.
In addition to the luxury tax and potential incoming free agent implications, Williams’ contract wouldn’t be deemed cheap exactly as he’ll be due over $6 million dollars for that final year.
The T’Wolves have until October 31st to make a decision.