Timberwolves sign center Naz Reid to multi-year contract
July 18, 2019
1:20 p.m. ET
Naz Reid has earned a spot on the Minnesota Timberwolves. And not on a mere two-way contract, as was going to be the case as of early July.
The team announced today that they have signed the 19-year-old center to a standard, multi-year contract. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, it's "a four-year, $6.1 Million deal, with the first year guaranteed and a team option for the final three, per a source. So Reid joins the Wolves on a full-scale deal with size, a shooting range that allows him to stretch defenses and a whole lot of motivation."
A two-way contract would have meant Reid spending most of his time in the G League, where he'd have had to prove himself further.
To the surprise of many observers, the 6-foot-10 Reid went undrafted. But he then played for the Wolves in Summer League, averaging 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game, and caught some much-needed attention that has now resulted in this signing.
In 2018-19, Reid played college basketball at Louisiana State, where he averaged 13.6 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game.
The Timberwolves finished last season with a disappointing 36-46 record, easily missing the playoffs. They were an above-average offensive team, but one of the worst defensive squads in the league. This offseason, new additions include forwards Noah Vonleh and Jordan Bell, while Derrick Rose, Dario Saric and Taj Gibson, among others, are now on new teams.