The Minnesota Timberwolves face a number of personnel decisions in the coming weeks. If they were to salvage this season it needed to happen against tough opponents on this difficult home stand. That has not happened, as they have lost 3 out of 4 home games and 8 out 9 games overall. With the New York Knicks coming to the Target Center tonight, the Timberwolves have announced some tweaks to their roster.
Forwards Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson, both previously signed to a pair of 10-day contracts, have been added to the roster for the rest of the season. To make room, the 'Wolves waived Lou Amundson.
Amundson struggled to gain any traction this season. He never earned significant enough minutes to make a contribution or make a case for more playing time on a team desperate for warm bodies, especially down low. Amundson played fairly well in the preseason, so it is not clear why he was never part of the big picture for the Timberwolves this season. With Amundson gone and Alexey Shved sporting his new look, the team officially has zero ponytails on the roster.
This is presumably the first of a series of moves as the Timberwolves put together their team for this rest of this miserable season. With the trade deadline fast approaching, the team is reportedly shopping point guard Luke Ridnour. Nikola Pekovic remains an intriguing trade piece to many teams. Finally, the 'Wolves have started exploring buyout options for Brandon Roy after multiple comeback attempts have come up short. It is possible that Roy will get one more shot to return to action, but it is not surprising that the Timberwolves are starting to look for an exit strategy.
The Timberwolves tip off against the Knicks tonight at 7:00 P.M. CST at the Target Center.