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NBA Rumors: Timberwolves Splurge On Zaza Pachulia Contract To School Karl-Anthony Towns; Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins Learn From Warriors Star

( [email protected] ) Mar 31, 2017 03:02 AM EDT
The Minnesota Timberwolves are still stuck in rebuilding mode especially after the retirement of Kevin Garnett last season. Despite the promising talent of Andrew Wiggins, Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio, head coach Tom Thibodeau still cannot make this group execute plays perfectly. Will a Zaza Pachulia contract be a good idea?
NBA rumors are pointing to a potential Zaza Pachulia contract to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Keith Allison/Flickr/CC

The Minnesota Timberwolves are still stuck in rebuilding mode especially after the retirement of Kevin Garnett last season. Despite the promising talent of Andrew Wiggins, Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio, head coach Tom Thibodeau still cannot make this group execute plays perfectly. Will a Zaza Pachulia contract be a good idea?

The Golden State Warriors are in for a tough offseason with the free agency players in its roster definitely seeking higher pay soon. With the Kevin Durant contract in their roster, offering larger salary packages to their stars could be challenging. More importantly, franchise face Stephen Curry is also up for renewal - a contract that would surely cost more than what they're paying him right now. This leaves minimal cap space for the other free agents in team like Zaza Pachulia and Andre Iguodala.

Rumors are rife that the Minnesota Timberwolves are aiming to build a team around Karl-Anthony Towns. However, the second-year star still struggles in the hardwood court - a tendency that the front office wants to eliminate. Among the potential players in the league these days, Zaza Pachulia is reportedly acknowledged as a great mentor for the sophomore.

Analysts expect a Zaza Pachulia contract out of the Golden State Warriors soon with the center possibly seeking a bigger payout in other teams. While no official confirmation has been given by the parties tagged in this NBA rumor, many feel that the veteran star would be a powerful influence to Karl-Anthony Towns. Not only will he be able to help the young star adapt to the pros, his presence in the Minnesota Timberwolves roster could bring in a winning mentality among the players.  

It remains to be seen if this NBA rumor will come to fruition. At this point, any talk on a Zaza Pachulia contract seems to take the backseat as the Golden State Warriors prepare for another NBA playoffs run. In fact, the center is currently focused on the accident that caused him to inadvertently injure Kevin Durant.

"I feel bad it happened," shared Zaza Pachulia of the accident involving Kevin Durant. "If I did something on purpose or even if I had flopped, that probably would have made me feel worse. But it wasn't even a flop. I got pulled. I fell. Nobody had control over it.

"KD knows. I talked to him after the game and I saw him in his room in his hotel. He knows it was an accident. Bad accident. I had no idea it was going to happen, because we were battling for the rebound. I can't even blame Gortat, because he was trying to make a basketball play as well. But thank God. I always look at it this way: it can always be worse."

Tags : NBA rumors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Zaza Pachulia, karl anthony towns, Golden State Warriors