Saric had nine points (3-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 112-96 victory over the Trail Blazers.
In his second outing for the Timberwolves, Saric came off the bench to score nine points. The production basically mirrored that from his first game, however, the minutes increased. It appears as though it is going to be a straight timeshare between Saric and Taj Gibson, based on who has the hot hand and the matchup. This is going to limit the upside of both players and Saric in particular, becomes a borderline standard league option.
Saric tallied nine points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 107-100 win over the Pelicans.
Saric played well in his Timberwolves debut, showcasing the strong effort and well-rounded contributions that made him a target in the recent trade. Saric's shooting and versatility should allow coach Tom Thibodeau the freedom to pair him with most other frontcourt options, though for now it seems that Saric and Taj Gibson will split the available minutes at power forward, with the veteran holding onto his starting role, at least for now.
Saric will come off the bench Wednesday against the Pelicans, Jace Frederick of the Pioneer Press reports.
The Wolves will start Robert Covington on the wing in his first game with the team, but they'll apparently stick with Taj Tibson at power forward for the time being. For now, Saric will function as the first forward off the bench.
Saric will play Wednesday against the Pelicans, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Both Saric and Robert Covington will make their Timberwolves debut Wednesday night, but coach Tom Thibodeau did not specify whether either player would be in the starting lineup. Saric may face some competition from veteran, and Thibs favorite, Taj Gibson, but the expectation is he'll eventually take over the starting power forward spot.
Neither Saric nor Robert Covington were permitted to take part in Tuesday's practice, per league rules, but the expectation is the trade will officially be completed prior to Wednesday's game. Assuming that's the case, both players should be available, though it's unclear how up-to-speed they'll be on coach Tom Thibodeau's system. Saric will likely step in as the starter at power forward, though he could face some competition from veteran incumbent, Taj Gibson.
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