The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to bounce back from another underwhelming campaign. Here are three players who will likely not be back next season.
Last offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves made one of the splashiest moves, shipping four first-round picks, a 2026 pick swap, guard Patrick Beverley, guard Malik Beasley, guard Leandro Bolmaro, forward Jarred Vanderbilt, and center Walker Kessler to the Utah Jazz in exchange for three-time All-Star center Rudy Gobert.
The organization entered the season with high expectations for the potential big three of Gobert, center Karl-Anthony Towns, and guard Anthony Edwards.
Unfortunately, Towns missed the majority of the regular season, and they finished with the eighth seed in the Western Conference. In the first round of the playoffs, they fell to the Denver Nuggets 1-4.
This offseason, the front office should look to reshuffle the supporting cast. Let’s take a look at three players who will likely not be back next season.
Timberwolves who won’t be back next season No. 3: C Nathan Knight
Nathan Knight has a team option worth $1.997 million.
Knight joined the team on a two-way contract in 2021. In 37 games, he averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game.
Following the season, he signed a two-year deal worth up to $3.83 million. In 2022-23, he put up similar numbers. In 38 games, he averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.7 minutes per game.
Nevertheless, the Timberwolves did not give him consistent playing time, even with backup center Naz Reid sidelined. In the postseason, Knight only played a total of five minutes.
As the fourth center on the roster, behind Towns, Gobert, and Reid, Knight has no clear path to minutes. The front office could decline his option.