The Minnesota Timberwolves’ push for a playoff berth will be taking place with a thinner frontcourt.
The Timberwolves announced Friday that center Naz Reid will be out indefinitely with a broken left wrist (specifically, a left scaphoid fracture). He sustained the injury after he fell hard on it while trying to dunk during the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 107-100 road loss to the Phoenix Suns.
NEWS: Naz Reid Injury Update
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The injury occurred when Reid went up to dunk on Suns center Bismack Biyombo and fell hard on his wrist. He shot the two free throws he earned on that missed shot — he went 1-for-2 on those — and per Chris Hine of the Star-Tribune, kept grabbing at the wrist the rest of the game. He eventually subbed out of the game with 4:18 to go, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Reid has been a valuable contributor for the Timberwolves’ frontcourt this season, averaging a career-best 11.5 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game while also shooting 53.7% overall and 34.6% on 3-pointers (with a career-high 75 made 3-pointers). Although Reid is generally a reserve center for the Wolves, he did start 11 games this season and performed well, posting 16.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg and shooting 50% overall and 33.3% on 3-pointers.
An undrafted player out of LSU, Reid has steadily improved throughout his four seasons and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. During his time in Minnesota, he has proven to be a capable backup to All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns and provides perimeter scoring and strong play around the basket.