Drew Neitzel will play for the Timberwolves’ summer league team next month in hopes of making the Minnesota roster. I’m not up to speed on the nuances of the NBA contract system, but I assume the fact he hasn’t actually signed a free-agent contract with the team isn’t a positive sign for whether the Wolves have serious intentions of putting him on the roster.
There is a bit of hope for Neitzel in looking at Minnesota’s current roster, though. Randy Foye is the only point guard currently under contract with the Wolves. Sebastian Telfair, who started the majority of the games at point guard for Minnesota last season, is a free agent. And O.J. Mayo, the #3 pick in the draft, could have played the point for the Wolves, but was almost immediately traded to Memphis in an eight-player deal that included Kevin Love.
The Minnesota Star Tribune says that point guard is the biggest question mark on the Timberwolves’ roster. Presumably, that factored into the decision of Neitzel and his agent to set their sights on Minneapolis.