Naz Reid remains a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but might not be for long. His current contract is set to expire before the end of the month and there are teams already rubbing their palms already over the prospect of signing the Rudy Gober backup in free agency. Reid seems to still feel comfortable being around his Timberwolves teammates, including Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels, but at the same time, he’s definitely aware that greener pastures must be waiting for him on the other side of the fence.
“I don’t really know what to expect,” the former LSU Tigers star said, per Chris Hine of the Star Tribune. “Everything is coming left and right and it’s just like, I don’t know, I’m ready for the time to come, because I don’t know what to expect. I definitely would love to stay back in Minnesota, for sure. But it’s a business and everything has to play out for both parties.”
With Karl-Anthony Towns still in the fold for years to come and Rudy Gobert being an asset Minnesota bet the farm on to acquire from the Utah Jazz, Reid could be left to continue languishing in the background and soaking up rotational minutes if he stays in the Twin Cities.
Notwithstanding the injury he suffered near the end of last season, Reid is coming off an impressive campaign with the Timberwolves that certainly gave his stock a major boost. In the 2022-23 NBA season, Reid averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game while appearing in only 18.4 minutes per contest. he shot 53.7 percent from the field and posted a career-best 61.7 true shooting percentage. When KAT got injured, Reid put up 12.4 points, grabbed 5.7 rebounds, and swatted away 1.4 shots over the course of 20 games (with 12 starts).
The New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers are two teams to monitor on the Naz Reid front. The Knicks have a crowded frontcourt but the addition of Reid could mean the offloading of one of their big men. Meanwhile, the Lakers also make sense as a potential landing spot for Reid, who can provide muscle and support alongside Anthony Davis up front.