Timberwolves Sign Guard Jamal Crawford | Minnesota Timberwolves

Jamal Crawford sits down with Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell

Jamal Crawford sits down with Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell

The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Crawford 8th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft - which was held in Target Center, the Timberwolves home arena.

Teammate Karl-Anthony Towns is eligible for that second designated slot before the 2018-19 season, the second of two extensions that would comprise at least half of the Wolves' annual salary-cap figure. They also signed Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson in free agency, and traded Ricky Rubio.

Right now, the Wolves have only starters Wiggins and Butler as well as 37-year-old Crawford signed to play on the wing.

The relatively cheap free-agent market is favorable to Minnesota.

Remember last summer, when National Basketball Association teams were tossing out money like it was candy thanks to a ballooning salary cap? At this point, a lot of teams just don't have much money left.

"It's moved a lot slower", Thibodeau said.

Last year, the Wolves pursued Deng and free agent Pau Gasol, but they signed neither after the L.A. Lakers threw $72 million at Deng and after Gasol chose San Antonio.

"There were a couple guys who we really liked that we went after and we didn't get", Thibodeau said. "Everyone had money previous year, so we felt that we didn't want to box ourselves in. If we didn't get the guys we wanted past year, be patient and develop our players". The Wolves are now better, but, as Thibodeau said, "never satisfied". So, unless they find a trade to free up money, any more signings this summer will be for the veteran's minimum.

At that point, when money is out of the picture, players are picking teams based on fit and opportunity to win.

"We want to continue to add", he said. "So you're trying to weigh all that out".

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