NBA Roundtable

Wolves Sign Hollins (offer sheet)

In Free Agency on August 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm

ESPN reports

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed restricted free-agent center Ryan Hollins to an offer sheet and seem likely to get him.The Dallas Mavericks have seven days to match the offer, but they don’t have much need for a third- or fourth-string center. The Mavs signed Drew Gooden last week and are counting on him to back up starter Erick Dampier. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki can also log minutes at center.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban even posted this to his Twitter account Monday: “congrats to ryan hollins. wish him the best w twolves.”

Terms of Minnesota’s offer were not immediately available.

Judging from Mark Cuban’s reaction, this is pretty much a done deal.

Minnesota

Ryan Hollins becomes the Wolves sixth big for next season. Their other five big men are:

  • Al Jefferson
  • Kevin Love
  • Darius Songaila
  • Brian Cardinal
  • Oleskiy Pecherov

Pecherov and the Hollins are the only two seven footers on the squad. Unfortunately, both are below average defenders too, so they won’t help the Wolves smaller + defensively challenged big men.

Minnesota also has Ryan Gomes to call upon, a combo-forward, but I expect him to be getting most of his time as a small forward next year for the Wolves.

Ryan Hollins

I haven’t liked Hollins game in the past, but he did show good defensive improvement last season so I’m not quite ready to give up on him yet. He needs to keep developing though, he’s still very raw.

Update: Adrian Wojnarowski has some figures on the contract

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed restricted free agent center Ryan Hollins to a three-year, $7 million offer sheet, a source said.

If  those numbers are accurate, that’s a ridiculous contract. Hugely overpaid.

Bad decision by Kahn. No wonder Cuban reacted the way he did.

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