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NBA free agency: Bryn Forbes joins Wolves on one-year deal

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Veteran shooter Bryn Forbes has agreed to join the Minnesota Timberwolves on a minimum one-year contract, according to the athletic one Jon Krawczynski.

Forbes, a 41.3% career shooting 3-point shooter, will be relied on to fill some of the shooting void left by Malik Beasley, who was part of the package Minnesota sent to the Utah Jazz in exchange for the three-time All-Star. Rudy. Governor.

Current Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly switched to Forbes in January of last season, when Connelly was managing the Denver Nuggets, as part of a three-team deal with the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs. .

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The former Michigan State standout scored 8.6 points in shooting splits of 42.4/41.0/92.1, 1.0 assists, 0.9 rebounds and 0.3 actions in 17.4 minutes per game in 35 contests for the Nuggets last season.

Forbes, the 2021 NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks, played 20 games in that postseason, averaging 6.6 points on 41.1/37.1/75.0 split shooting and 1.4 rebounds in 13.7 minutes per game. match. During that run, Forbes accomplished a feat that Timberwolves fans will find amusing.

This is undoubtedly a good opportunity for Connelly and his front office. Forbes is a proven playoff contributor who has shown a willingness for him to play a specialist role as a shooter who constantly goes off. He has maintained a season-long 3-point shooting average of over 38% in every season beyond his rookie year, a remarkable display of consistency over a span of six seasons.

I can’t even remember the last time the Wolves signed a legitimately useful player on a rookie deal, let alone someone who could end up playing minutes in the rotation for a good portion of the season.

Last season, Forbes made 57 of 121 (47.1%) 3-point catch-and-shoots and 33 of 84 (39.2%) shots off screens, according to InStat, but struggled to make consistent shots in tight situations. transfer, in which he shot 8/30 (26.7%). Given his contract and his fit on the team behind Anthony Edwards and Jaylen Nowell, he probably won’t be asked to give Minnesota any kind of creation outside of the dribble.

He’s fantastic at getting his shoulders and square feet to the rim when he comes off screens, and he’s got a quick trigger to match, making him a guy who can benefit from coming off screens from strong protectors and new acquisitions in Gobert and Kyle Anderson.

Forbes has a good spatial awareness and floats well around posting players, too. If he shares the court with Karl-Anthony Towns in post situations without Gobert on the floor, he believes he will make KAT’s life easier as a playmaker with his back to the basket or in face-up situations. He stays ready to shoot, makes sure his teammates see him, and has a fast, repeatable shooting move.

He was pretty good when he was paired with DeMarcus Cousins, who thrived as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans with Anthony Davis under then-offensive coordinator Chris Finch. Obviously he’s a very different player now than he was then, but the familiarity is there.

Lineups with Forbes and Cousins ​​were 4.3 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents (74th percentile), with an offensive rating of 116.8 (83rd percentile) and a defensive rating of 112.5 (51st percentile). , according to Cleaning of the glass. In particular, they scored extremely well in eFG% (56.3%, 90th percentile), offensive rebound rate (33.2%, 97th percentile), and offensive rebound rate allowed (21.3%, 97th percentile). Their connection also appears in the film.

While Forbes won’t set the world on fire, he’s an excellent value signing that fills a need and suits the current core of Wolves players.

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