Reports are flying around that the Timberwolves don’t know what they’re doing with Derrick Williams. They have to decide if they will pick up the fourth year option on the player.
NBC with the news.
It would seem that money is the top issue. If they pick up his option, that could lead to the T-Wolves going into luxury tax territory.
Williams would make $6.3 million in his fourth season then become a restricted free agent where the market will set his value (don’t expect Minnesota to extend him). The problem is that $6.3 could push the Timberwolves into the luxury tax, a place the team doesn’t want to go (both because they don’t want to pay it and because it would tie their hands with a smaller mid-level exception).
So now, the Wolves have to determine if Williams would be worth it. Williams hasn’t been great, and he’s barely been good. I’m thinking they might take the option and, if he doesn’t blow up, they’ll let him go. Perhaps they could make a trade, although I’m not sure what they would really do about that.
I hope Williams is ready to earn a pay check. The Wolves have until Oct 31st to make up their mind which basically means that all Williams has is training camp and preseason to show improvement to being worth the contract and beyond.