According to new reports, Jordan Hill has agreed to join the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, based on the team's recent acquisitions, it seems Hill will not be getting sufficient playing time next season.
As reported by the Inquisitr, Hill has agreed to the two-year contract worth $8 million that was offered by the Timberwolves. With him onboard, this shows that Minnesota is building up its roster with bigger players instead of going for smaller, faster ones, like what the other teams are currently doing.
CBS Sports pointed out that the center is the third player named Hill to leave the Indiana Pacers this offseason. Previously, George Hill left the team after he was traded to the Utah Jazz. This was then followed by Solomon Hill signing with the New Orleans Pelicans.
During his last year with the Pacers, Jordan averaged 8.8 points per game. This is a huge improvement from his average of 4.4, back when he debuted in 2009 with the New York Knicks. But, being a center, Hill's role in a team also largely relies on his ability to secure rebounds and block shots, which is probably the reason why he was acquired by the Timberwolves.
However, this doesn't mean that he will be the team's starter once the next season kicks off. A couple of weeks ago, the Timberwolves were able to acquire Cole Aldrich from the Los Angeles Clippers. In terms of shooting and rebounding skills, Hill certainly has better stats than Aldrich. However, the latter has a better record of blocking shots.
Also, the Timberwolves signed Aldrich for three years and offered him a contract that worth around $22 million. Of course, when a team spends that much for a player, he is expected to spend a longer time on the court.
Still, this also doesn't mean that Hill will be tied to the bench in the upcoming season. Given his size and skills, he is certainly a great addition to the lineup and the team's frontcourt depth. Also, with him and Aldrich onboard, the Timberwolves will have reliable players who could become possible replacements for veterans Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic, who have become prone to injuries.