Minnesota Timberwolves 2021 Roster: What the Team Looks Like After Trades and Free Agency Signings

Published 12/08/2020, 12:00 PM CST


The Minnesota Timberwolves took a hard blow last season and suffered a 14th place finish in their conference after posting a 19-45 record. D’Angelo Russell’s late addition was an exciting one, and they’ve added more reinforcements for 2021. Here’s a list of transactions made by the Timberwolves to strengthen their roster for the upcoming season. 

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Minnesota struck gold when they were awarded the 1st overall pick in the draft lottery. After considering numerous possibilities, the team went ahead and picked Georgia’s Anthony Edwards to make use of their second number one pick in five years. 

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The Timberwolves had two other picks in hand, split between the first and the second round. The management then signed Ricky Rubio from Phoenix by trading their 17th overall pick along with James Johnson. 

Furthermore, the team selected local hero Daniel Oturu with the 33rd pick but subsequently traded him to the LA Clippers and then acquired the 28th overall pick Jaden McDaniels through a trade. Their draft business was neat, and the front office worked smart during free-agency as well!

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The Timberwolves went into the market and sealed the services of 6’9” big man Ed Davis. They got him from the Knicks who got Omari Spellman, Jacob Evans, and a future second-round pick in return. 

The 2020 offseason also saw a number of Minnestoa players becoming free-agents, but the team retained some of them. Malik Beasly and Juan Hernangomez were offered multi-year contracts and both of them cashed in. 

However, the team is yet to make a decision on Jordan McLaughlin who was a two-way player for them in 2019/20. 

Ashton Hagans who went undrafted in 2020 also signed a two-way contract with the team. Hagans was a sophomore who played for the University of Kentucky last season and averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds.

Furthermore, they signed Ade Murkey on an Exhibit 10 contract, and the University of Denver Guard also has an opportunity to play for Minnesota’s G-League team. They also signed free-agent forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson early in December to add to their roster. 

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Players Lost

The Timberwolves notably lost two players during the 2020 offseason. The first came through Kelan Martin’s departure to the Indiana Pacers. Martin was a restricted free-agent by declined to match Indiana’s offer for the 25-year-old.

Then, 32-year-old Evan Turner announced his retirement as a player and this came after he was traded to Minnesota in February 2020. Turner didn’t a player single game for the franchise and announced his departure in November. 

2021 Minnesota Timberwolves Roster

Backcourt

D’Angelo Russell

Jaylen Nowell

Malik Beasley

Ricky Rubio

Josh Okogie

Ashton Hagans

Jarrett Culver

Frontcourt

Anthony Edwards

Jaden McDaniels

Jarred Vanderbilt

Tyler Cook

Jake Layman

Naz Reid

Ade Murkey

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Ed Davis

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Karl-Anthony Towns

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Juancho Hernangomez

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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