The most recent piece of NBA offseason action was former Duke standout center Amile Jefferson signing a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With all being considered, this is very much a pointless move for the Timberwolves, spending money on assets they don’t need. Jefferson was never the best player in his years as a Blue Devil, he was often injured, he didn’t offer versatility, and he couldn’t shoot consistently. Like it or not, that will not last in the NBA. When you also consider the fact that Minnesota already have a plethora of big men that include Karl-Anthony Towns, Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich, Taj Gibson, Justin Patton, and more, it seems unnecessary to add yet another big to that arsenal.

The only positive out of this is the connection between backup point guard Tyus Jones and Jefferson. The 24-year-old was the backup center in Jones’ lone year at Duke, so the guard and Jefferson never got much playing time together. Whatever connection they have will not be that useful, and not make any changes in the depths of the bench where the two will be.

What will most likely happen is Jefferson will be sent down to the G-League to play with the Wolves’ affiliate, the Iowa Wolves, and their new coach Scott Roth.

If Jefferson can improve his jump shot and show more agility and versatility while there, perhaps he could have a slight chance of becoming a backup for the team. Maybe Jefferson will prove his doubters wrong. Only time will tell.

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