The Minnesota Timberwolves will be signing forward Amile Jefferson to a one-year, partially guaranteed contract, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Jefferson played with the Timberwolves’ Las Vegas Summer League team this offseason.
Prior to that, Jefferson played collegiate basketball at Duke University, where he actually spent five years due to a medical redshirt after playing in just nine games during the 2015-16 campaign due to a right foot fracture. Jefferson was averaging a double-double before the injury, posting 11.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. In his final season with the Blue Devils, Jefferson played in 35 games registered 10.9 points, 8.4 boards and 1.9 blocks in 29.7 minutes per game while shooting 61.3 percent from the floor and 62.9 percent from the free-throw line. The Philadelphia native finished his collegiate career with lifetime averages of 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. He made 62 percent of his field-goal attempts and 57.5 percent of his foul shots.
While Jefferson is getting an opportunity with Minnesota, whether or not he actually makes the roster is another story entirely. The Timberwolves are absolutely loaded with talent up front in the form of Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng and Taj Gibson, and roster spots are slim after a shopping spree this offseason.
Minnesota is trying to make it back to the playoffs since 2004. Its 13-year postseason drought is the longest active streak in the NBA and the second-longest in NBA history. Only the Los Angeles Clippers, who missed out on the playoffs for 15 straight years from 1977 through 1991, have experienced a longer drought.
The Timberwolves won just 31 games last season.