Jan 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (left) talks with shooting guard Othyus Jeffers (right) during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves sign Othyus Jeffers for rest of season


It’s that time of the year in the NBA, as the season is winding down to the point where 10-day contracts actually mean “signed for the rest of the regular season”. The latest occurrence of that has taken place in Minnesota, as the T-Wolves have called up Othyus Jeffers from the D-League on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Jeffers has had tours of duty with three different teams (Jazz, Wizards, Spurs) during his career, but he is a classic example of a guy with one skill and little else. At 6-foot-5, Jeffers is a monster of a wing defender to the point where he may be one of the very best in the NBA if deployed regularly. However, he is a virtual disaster offensively by NBA standards, simply because he doesn’t have any semblance of a jump shot from the shooting guard spot.

In this case, though, I would wholeheartedly endorse this move for the Wolves. They are firmly out of the playoff picture, but while Jeffers doesn’t present traditional “upside”, there is a real argument that he could help someone out if deployed in a way to hide his faults.

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