Taurean Prince has become a solid player in the NBA since he was drafted 12th overall in 2016. He has spent the past two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
But on Wednesday, the Timberwolves decided not to guarantee Prince’s $7.4 million contract for the 2023-2024 season, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Prince was apparently unaware that the team refused to guarantee his contract for next season, at least until he checked the social medal and saw Wojnarowski’s report.
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Shortly after he appeared to learn of his fate with the organization, Prince delivered an invaluable reaction.
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«Wow thanks for the heads up Woj,» Prince wrote in a tweet.
Prince was used primarily as a player off the bench during his tenure at the Timberwolves. He averaged 9.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game during his 54 appearances in the 2022-2023 season.
The power forward began his professional basketball career with the Atlanta Hawks in 2016. His time in Atlanta ended after his seasons ended when he was traded to the Nets in 2019.
In 2021, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Prince then joined the Timberwolves in 2021.
Injuries have plagued Prince’s career over the years, and a shoulder injury limited him last season.
But he managed to play in all 82 games during the 2017-2018 season with the Hawks. He averaged a career-best 14.1 points per game that season.
Prince is expected to draw interest from a number of teams now that it looks like he’s heading to the free agency market.
Last year, during a postgame media session, then-Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was asked about a report by Wojnarowski that suggested the team would part ways with him.
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Despite leading the Lakers to a championship within the NBA bubble in 2020, Vogel was fired in April 2022.