By: Daniel Slaubaugh
It turns out Flip Saunders wasn't done adding veteran presence to the roster. On Wednesday, the Wolves signed a 1 year deal with veteran forward Tayshaun Prince, who will be earning the veteran's minimum of at least $1.4 million. Prince bounced around the league last year playing for 3 different squads: Memphis, Boston, and Detroit. He averaged 7.5 ppg, 3.6rbg, and 1.6apg in 58 games played. He also shot a stellar 46% from behind the arc. If he gets minutes on this team, his role will be a 3 and D guy, as he can still hold his own on defense.
Tayshaun will join Kevin Garnett and Andre Miller as the veteran leaders of this team. Flip has now added a player to mentor at every position - guard, forward, and big (yes, I realize this is not a position but jut go with it). Andre Miller will work with guards Ricky Rubio, Tyus Jones, and Zach Lavine, while Tayshaun will provide mentorship to Wiggins and Bazz, all while KG is putting Towns, Dieng, etc. into place.
We don't yet know how Flip is planning to use Prince. How many minutes will he get per game? That is the big question here. Most Wolves fans, myself included, are not going to be particular about Tayshaun taking minutes away from Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad, or Zach Lavine.
The biggest asset Prince can be to this team is mentoring Andrew Wiggins and Shabazz Muhammad, without taking minutes away from them. However, I can't imagine that Tayshaun is going to be satisfied warming the bench the majority of the season. Again, this is all up in the air. Flip is the only person who knows how much of a role Tayshaun will serve on the court.
All in all, this was about Flip trying to get hard working veteran players around the young guys. He knows how much of an influence KG, Prince, and Miller can have on this young team going forward. If it works, he is setting this team up to be a championship contender for years to come.
As for what the Prince signing means for the rest of the Wolves, it will be interesting to see how the roster shapes up. The Wolves already have 16 guaranteed contracts (plus Lorenzo Brown's non-guaranteed contract) on the team. Trading a PF could be an option, releasing Brown (what a shame), or releasing Rudez. It'll be interesting to see what Flip decides to do.
By: Daniel Slaubaugh
The 2015-2016 NBA schedule was released today. For us Wolves fans, it gives us the ability to plan our lives, if we so please, around certain dates in the NBA season. This may be the most anticipated season the Wolves have had in years, with a young nucleus and intriguing pieces surrounding the team.
Anyways, the season opens October 27th for a TNT double-header, like usual. The Bulls will be at home vs. the Cavaliers and Golden State will host the Pelicans, with former assistant GSW coach Alvin Gentry, returning to Oracle with #TheBrow and co.
After opening at home 14 years in a row, the Wolves will start the season on the road for the 2nd straight year. They'll face the Los Angeles Lakers October 28th, at Staples Arena, with the #1 and #2 overall picks Karl-Anthony Towns and DeAngelo Russell making their NBA debuts against each other. 2 days later, MIN will be hosted by the Denver Nuggets right before heading home for their home opener on November 2, vs. the Portland Trailblazers.
Guys, the Wolves have a legitimate chance of starting the season 3-0.
Here are some quick notes for you:
-Longest home stand is 4, which will happen 2 times during the season.
-Dec. 1-Dec. 9: ORL, POR, LAL, LAC
-Jan. 6-Jan. 12: DEN, CLE, DAL, OKC
-Longest road trip is also 4, which will also happen twice.
-Jan. 29-Feb. 3: UTAH, POR, LAL, LAC
-Mar. 11-16: OKC, PHO, MEM, HOU
-They will play the fewest amount of back-to-backs in the NBA at 14. Last season they had 19.
-They have 12 nationally televised games.
-1 on TNT
-Nov. 12 vs. GSW
-4 on ESPN
-Oct. 28 @ LAL
-Jan. 8 vs. CLE
-Jan. 15 @ OKC,
-Feb. 3 @ LAC
-7 on NBA TV
-Dec. 15 vs. DEN
-Jan. 19 @ NO
-Jan. 25 @ CLE
-Jan. 31 @ POR
-Feb. 2 @ LAL
-Feb. 28 @ DAL
-Mar. 8 vs. SAS
-Wolves will have a tough slate of games from January 8th to the 27th.
- CLE, DAL, OKC, HOU, OKC, PHX, NO. DAL, MEM, CLE, OKC
-Will also have a tough stretch in March having a 4 game road trip consisting of OKC, PHO, MEM, and HOU, which will be followed by 2 games at home against SAS and GSW.
-Season will end with 2 home games vs. Houston and New Orleans. April 13th is season finale.
-Will play each Western Conference team 4 times, except for:
-More of an easy stretch for the Wolves comes mid-December (15 through 21)
-DEN, NYK, SAC, BKN, BOS
-Will have two 4-5 night stretches during the season.
-Nov. 9-Nov. 13: @ ATL, CHA, GSW, @ IND
-Jan. 29-Feb. 3: @ UTAH, @POR, @ LAL, @ LAC
-Will "only" have 11 home games on Wednesday nights. Not much compared to last years 20, which was almost half of the home schedule.
-Will play Western Conference teams 52 times and Eastern Conference teams 30 times.
-Lebron, Love, and Cavs make one and only appearance at Target Center Jan. 8.
The following is the 2015 NBA Christmas Day Schedule:
Game 1: NOP @ MIA
Game 2: CHI @ OKC
Game 3: CLE @ GSW
Game 4: SAS @ HOU
Game 5: LAL @ LAC
The full 2015-16 Minnesota Timberwolves schedule is below.
You can find more information about the 2015-16 Wolves Schedule through the following links.