July 2, 2018, 3:49 pm
Free agent forward Anthony Tolliver is nearing a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2018
The deal is expected to be for one-year between $5 – $6 million.
Tolliver has made his rounds in the NBA (including a previous stint in Minnesota), averaging 6.5 points in his 10-year career. He’s well known for his 3-point shooting prowess, hitting them at a 37.6 percent rate in his career.
Last season was a career-year for him when he averaged 8.9 points and 2.0 3-pointers per game on a robust 43.6 percent from beyond the arc (seventh-best in the NBA) and 63.2 eFG percentage. He’s also praised as a great locker room presence and a face in the community.
The news broke shortly after the Wolves pulled their qualifying offer for Nemanja Bjelica. Tolliver represents many of the same qualities that Bjelica brings to the table, so a reunion seems significantly less likely now.
With Derrick Rose back on board and Tolliver in the fold, the Wolves are right up against the luxury tax with 10 players under contract (and two unsigned rookies). To round out the roster the Wolves will likely target players on minimum contracts. As it stands, Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop could see significant minutes.