Timberwolves and Naz Reid reach a 3-year, $42 million agreement in the NBA

Jun 28, 2023

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MINNESOTA – The outstanding center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Naz Reid, has locked down his future with a rich $42 million three-year deal. Reid will have financial security as well as the freedom to later reevaluate his status thanks to the deal’s player option for an additional year.

The arrangement was finally reached on Sunday and made public on Monday by Sean Kennedy and Jeff Schwartz, Reid’s Excel Sports Management reps. The agreement shows that the Timberwolves are aware of Reid’s exceptional performance from the previous campaign.

Reid had a breakthrough season, contributing significantly on both ends of the court. Despite already having prominent big players Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves recognized Reid’s potential and appreciated his contribution as a useful backup player. The agreement shows their dedication to keeping him on staff and compensating him for his talent.

Reid, who is 6-foot-9, left LSU in 2019 and went undrafted into the NBA. He has since made prodigious advancements in his development and has won the hearts of Minnesotans. Reid has made great improvement and is well-known for his consistent advancement, cool temperament, and spectacular dunks.

Reid displayed his abilities in 68 games during the 2022–23 season, scoring 11.5 points on average and shooting an amazing 53.7% from the field. He achieved career highs in these metrics, further demonstrating his value and potential on the Timberwolves’ roster.

Naz Reid is ready to continue his ascent in the NBA with this new contract in place. The Timberwolves have confidence in his ability and anticipate that he will be crucial to their continued success. Fans should anticipate seeing Reid’s continuous development and effect on the court as he works to improve his game and contribute to the team’s goals.

Reid demonstrated his usefulness and saw his position in the rotation improve after Towns missed 52 games due to a strained calf. Reid averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds throughout the course of four games in which he played for more than 30 minutes. Reid was noticeably absent from Minnesota’s first-round playoff loss to eventual NBA champion Denver due to a broken left wrist he sustained during the final week of the regular season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves possess a big advantage over other teams in free agency by being able to offer Naz Reid a more expensive contract when the NBA’s contract negotiations get underway. But Reid’s main priority is getting regular playing time, underscoring his desire for a significant position on the court.

The Timberwolves recently acquired Leonard Miller in the second round of the NBA draft in addition to their efforts to keep Reid. The 6-foot-10, Toronto-born prospect put on a show for the G League Ignite during his time there, averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds over 38 games, showcasing his skills.

The Timberwolves are currently putting the finishing touches on their roster for the next season with the addition of Miller and Reid’s re-signing. They hope to create a competitive team that can compete at a high level in the NBA by improving their frontcourt and depth.

Tim Connelly, the president of basketball operations for the Timberwolves, stated at Miller’s first press conference on Monday that he hopes Miller will be able to play both the center and both forward positions.

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