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Juanacho Hernangomez signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Timberwolves on Sunday.
Hernangomez was a restricted free agent, but the Timberwolves secured the 25-year-old-forward to a three-year deal. He provided solid fantasy production for Minnesota after being acquired from the Nuggets at the trade deadline. Hernangomez averaged 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 29.4 minutes in 14 games with the Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have extended a qualifying offer to PF Juancho Hernangomez, making him a restricted free agent.
The Timberwolves expressed desire earlier this year to keep Hernangomez around long term and this is certainly a step in that direction. As a restricted free agent, Hernangomez will now be able to sign an offer sheet with any team, though Minnesota will have the chance to match it. The 25-year-old forward was traded to the Timberwolves at the trade deadline and proved to be a solid player for them down the stretch, averaging nearly 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds across 14 total games.
When asked about newly-acquired F Juancho Hernangomez’ future in Minnesota, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas stated, “We want those guys [Malik Beasley and Hernangomez] to be Timberwolves for a long, long time. Hopefully, for the rest of their careers.”
Hernangomez and Beasley were acquired by the Timberwolves in a mid-season blockbuster trade that involved the Nuggets, Hawks, and Rockets. Both players sought more playing time than they were getting in Denver. Hernangomez was a former 15th overall pick back in 2016. He never averaged more than 5.8 points and 19 minutes per game in any one season in his career. That all changed when he got to Minnesota. He immediately became a starting forward, averaging 12.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and one steal in almost 30 minutes per contest. He was even shooting a lights-out 42% from long-distance. It’s no wonder Rosas would like to keep him in Minnesota long-term, as Hernangomez showed what he is capable of doing in just 14 games with the Timberwolves.
Juancho Hernangomez totaled 18 points (6-12 FG, 4-8 3PT, 2-2 FT), ten rebounds, and one steal across 29 minutes of play Tuesday.
Since joining the Wolves in mid-February Hernangomez has started all 14 games, logged three double-doubles, and averaged 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds, making him a low-end fantasy option.
Juancho Hernangomez totaled three points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 28 minutes in the Timberwolves’ 120-107 loss to the Pelicans on Sunday.
It wasn’t Hernangomez’s night against the Pelicans this past Sunday, as he posted his worst game since joining the Timberwolves. He was unable to find his shot scoring only three points; his night was salvaged with his performance on the boards as he collected eight rebounds. Hernangomez has put together a great body of work since joining the Timberwolves, so based on his previous performances, I wouldn’t be too concerned moving forward. He is a must-own and start for deep-league play, until further notice.