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NBA Eric Paschall signs a two-way deal with Timberwolves

NBA Eric Paschall signs a two-way deal with Timberwolves.

According to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News and SKOR North, NBA Eric Paschall will sign a two-way contract with Minnesota. Paschall and A.J. Lawson will fill the Wolves’ two-way slots.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Eric Paschall have agreed to terms on a two-way deal, which was broken by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but Darren Wolfson added the details.

The Timberwolves have reached a one-year deal with free agent Eric Paschall, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Paschall, the 41st overall pick in the 2019 draft, began his NBA career with the Warriors and had an impressive rookie season with Golden State in 2019-20, averaging 14.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 2.1 APG in 60 games (27, 6 MPG).

His role declined in his second season and he was traded to Utah in the 2021 offseason, where his minutes continued to decline.

In 58 appearances last season with the Jazz, the 25-year-old averaged 5.8 PPG and 1.8 RPG on .485/.370/.767 shooting in 12.7 MPG.

NBA Eric Paschall was eligible for restricted free agency at the end of the season, but did not receive a qualifying offer from Utah and became unrestricted.

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The terms of Paschall’s new deal with the Wolves are unknown, but it could be similar to the deals the club made with free agents Austin Rivers and Nathan Knight.

Both received minimum salary contracts with partial guarantees for the 2022/23 season.

NBA Eric Paschall signs a two-way deal with Timberwolves
NBA Eric Paschall signs a two-way deal with Timberwolves

NBA Eric Paschall signs a two-way deal with Timberwolves

Prior to the Paschall deal, Minnesota had 12 players on guaranteed contracts, two (Rivers and Knight) with partial guarantees and one (Jaylen Nowell) on a non-guaranteed pact, so a spot on the 15-man regular season roster shouldn’t necessarily be considered a lock for the rookie.

The terms of Paschall’s contract should help clarify where he stands in the Wolves roster hierarchy.

This refutes reports from Greece that linked Paschall to Panathinaikos in Athens, rumors that Paschall called “false news”. (The team most likely reached out and made an offer, but Paschall knew he had a path to an NBA deal.)

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Paschall, 25 (from Villanova), averaged 5.8 points per game on limited duty last season with the Utah Jazz.

He played a bigger role earlier in the season for the Jazz and was solid, but when Rudy Gay returned to the rotation, Paschall lost his spot and was seen primarily in garbage time.

On either end, Paschall is a steal for Minnesota to play legitimate minutes for them over the course of 82 games.

The Timberwolves have a lot of guys who can play the four — Towns will start there, and behind him Jaden McDaniels, Taurean Prince and rookie Josh Minott can get minutes there.

The Timberwolves already had 15 players under contract for the upcoming season, the maximum number allowed.

Center Naz Ried and wing Jaylen Nowell had non-guaranteed contracts but were always going to make the roster.

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