From the better late than never department, we discuss the latest point guard option for the Minnesota Timberwolves, one that at this time last season laced them up at George Mason's Patriot Center.
After a summer of searching for a new landing spot, A.J. Price latched on with the Timberwolves, a team always associated with those dribbling the ball up the court. Yet unlike former top-5 draft pick Ricky Rubio or even free agent signee J.J. Berea, Price enters training camp with no guarantees. What the four-year veteran has on his side is a familiar face in the front office and confidence coming off his best statistical season.
Milt Newton, now the Timberwolves general manager, was with the Wizards last season when Price joined the team and averaged 7.7 points, 3.6 assists while sinking 35 percent of his 3-point attempts. Granted, those numbers weren't enough for Washington to set its sights on free agent point guard Eric Maynor or for another team to offer him a contract.
Minnesota has 14 guaranteed contracts, though one can easily be removed, leaving 1-2 spots available for Price and other non-roster players, including ex-Wizard fan favorite Othyus Jeffers. Good news for Price is Rubio and Barea are the only two points guards on the roster. While they will gobble up most of the minutes, the pair combined missed 33 games last season.