Illinois Basketball Roundtable: Will the Minnesota Timberwolves Sign Brandon Paul?

The staff of Writing Illini takes a look into the the Summer League performance of former Illinois guard Brandon Paul. The guys discuss how they thought he played and if it was enough to get him on the NBA roster with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Mar 24, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Illinois FIghting Illini guard Brandon Paul (3) shoots against the Miami Hurricanes in the first half during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Ricky: Personally, I think the Minnesota Timberwolves should sign Brandon Paul, but they most likely will not. Paul showed much improvement in the Las Vegas Summer League and display the kind of potential he has as an all around player.

The only reason why I feel he will not receive an offer from the T-Wolves is because of his inconsistency on the court. Paul had a big game against Miami during summer league, but couldn’t keep that momentum going. Because of that, he will most likely not get a offer from Minnesota.

Austin: I would love to see Minnesota sign Brandon Paul to come on to the team past summer league. While his numbers were not out of this world amazing, I think for not being drafted his numbers are quite impressive. He averaged a good percentage and good points per game.

That said, I expect Minnesota to let Paul go, but I fully expect another team to scoop him up. Minnesota has a pretty full roster and they have a couple guys ahead of Paul that they drafted that I am not expecting them to let walk. Don’t be surprised to see Paul in an NBA jersey this year, but I do not expect him to be in Minnesota.

Ryan: As much as I would love to say yes, I just don’t see Paul finding his way onto the NBA Roster with the Timberwolves as they are currently constructed. Depending on which site you look at, the 12 man roster appears to be full at this point.

Minnesota has J.J. Barea, Ricky Rubio, Alexey Shved, and the recently signed Kevin Martin all under 3 million dollar plus contracts for next season. They also have Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad who are capable of backing up the SG position. I suppose it’s possible the Timberwolves could sign Paul and send him to the NBA D-League in the event that any of the above listed guards get injured, but I just don’t see the stars aligning for Paul to be signed as an active member of the 12 man roster to start the season in Minnesota.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Will the Minnesota Timberwolves end up signing Brandon Paul?

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Topics: Basketball, Brandon Paul, Illinois Fighting Illini, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA Summer League

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  • Steven Bardwell

    I’d agree with Ryan in saying that the T’ Wolves are pretty set in their backcourt for the next couple of years. Although Brandon Paul may not fit in Minnesota, I believe that his athleticism allows him to guard multiple positions and be an explosive scorer, which could land him on a team looking for backcourt depth in an up-tempo offense. Say maybe the Washington Wizards or LA Lakers?

  • Andrew Donaldson

    Teams can have 15 players under contract these days (as opposed to the 12 who dress for games), and for the Wolves, 14 contracts are signed. (One of those is a league minimum contract David Kahn signed shortly before being pushed out the door as GM, and that contract could be paid off to make room for someone…unlikely, given Glen Taylor sold the 26th pick in the draft for cash.) Short of that, there is every appearance that the Wolves intend to leave the 15th slot vacant so they can sign someone to a 10-day at need without engaging in creative roster juggling.

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