The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement on a two-way contract with former Villanova star and Utah Jazz forward Eric Paschal, to me in ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski And the Darren Wolfson KSTP.
As a reminder, players on dual contracts can only be active for 50 of the 82 regular season NBA games and are not eligible to fit in for post-season games unless their contracts are upgraded to standard NBA contracts. Their deals don’t take a place on the list – wolves currently have no place – and they don’t count against the salary cap.
Now that the team has filled 15 positions on the roster and both slots are two-way, the Wolves roster is now finished, assuming there will be no more moves.
If you were surprised to see last season’s Jazz trade in a protected 2026 second round for Paschal – one of Donovan Mitchell’s closest friends – for his rights before Paschal entered restricted free agency only to give up those rights and blow up the team, you’re not alone.
I was even more surprised to see Paschall accept a two-way offer with Minnesota, considering he fired 37% of 3 in 108 attempts across 58 games for Utah.
Eric Paschall’s long-midrange attempts by season
19-20 (GSW): 108
20-21 (GSW): 61
21-22 (Utah): 3
Eric Paschall Total Points Per Shot Attempt by Season
Paschal’s 3rd corner hit frequency increased about 6x in Utah compared to Golden State.
– Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) 29 July 2022
He scored 5.8 points per game in 48.5/37.0/76.7 shots, 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.1 blocks in 12.7 minutes per game in Salt Lake City last season.
Paschall’s signing is another example of the almost unbelievable impact that new chief of basketball operations Tim Connelly has had in his first nine weeks at the helm of the Timberwolves.
First, Money Wolves brought together a superior team in the front office at Connelly, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Sachin Gupta and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Matt Lloyd, plus major additions in Assistant General Manager Steve Senior, former General Manager of the Pelicans and Jazz Assistant Coach Dell Demps.
Since then, Minnesota has now signed three players in the wake of those appointments and Rudi Gobert deal executions – Austin Rivers (60), Bryn Forbes (42), and Paschal (4) – who have played in a total of 106 playoffs for less than 3.0% of their salary cap. the team. This is great value for a team looking to mature and take the next step in the playoffs.
The move also reinforces the idea that veterans, as well as players looking to get their careers on the right track, often entrust teams with solid abilities to play for, even if at a slight discount.
Paschal is entering his fourth season in the NBA, and two-way contracts are limited to players with less than four years of experience, so this contract is for one year.
This also indicates that this career move is that he’s betting the Wolves system helps him get back on track after averaging 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game at 27.6 minutes per game as a rookie for the Golden State Warriors. It has fallen in both seasons since then, largely as a result of the return of the Warriors stars and the Jazz hiring for one of the deepest forward runs in the league last season. His bet on Wolves is an interesting bet, given that Karl-Anthony Towns, Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, Torian Prince and Nas Reed can all see 4 minutes in this season as well.
However, he will have a great chance of seeing time in a featured role at Iowa alongside fellow two-way AJ Lawson, who was signed by Wolves on Wednesday.
In addition, he played alongside Joubert last season at Utah State, and Demps was on the bench as an assistant coach. Familiarity there likely was a factor in Paschall choosing Minnesota over other options, and he also notes that there must be a plan to develop a Paschall who believes in him.
You don’t remember much of Paschall at Utah last season. But watching some of his offensive clips, he’s a lot of fun on this side of the ball. pic.twitter.com/ek2LaNypLj
– Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) 29 July 2022
A big advantage for the Wolves in this move is that Paschall has a lot of experience playing the NBA. He’s played over 3000 minutes of his career in 158 regular season games and surely can fill up well if guys like Prince or Anderson need a night off. He certainly has the offensive ability to stay in the league, but he’ll need to raise his defense to the same level if he wants to make him a consistent league rotation player.
The good news for Paschal is that Minnesota provides the infrastructure where he can focus on bringing what he’s good at to the NBA club, while working on what needs improvement in the G-League. This is another low-risk move that has a very good chance of becoming a positive return on investment for a team that seems to be getting richer in both the front office talent and the talented ones on the roster day by day.