According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves and veteran free agent sharpshooter Joe Ingles have agreed to a one-year contract. After leaving the Utah Jazz in 2022 and spending one season with the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks, Ingles is now set to reunite with former Jazz teammates Mike Conley Jr. and Rudy Gobert on a Timberwolves team that recently reached the Western Conference Finals.

Ingles, 36, is nearing the end of his NBA career. As he prepares for his 11th NBA season, the Australian forward will provide Minnesota with much-needed depth. That’s especially true with the addition of Kyle Anderson to the Golden State Warriors.

Anderson, who spent the past two seasons playing a key role off the bench for the Timberwolves, has now been replaced by a reliable playmaker and scorer on the wing. Ingles was part of teams that finished the regular season with the best record in the Western Conference, making him the perfect veteran free agent for a team like the Wolves this offseason.

As his career has progressed, Ingles has fully embraced the role of mentor and backup on his teams. In a sense, his career has been extended in the process. The Timberwolves’ new shooting guard played in a total of 68 games last season with the Magic, his most since he appeared in 72 games in the 2019-20 season, which ended in the NBA Bubble due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In Orlando, Ingles averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 assists in about 17.2 minutes per game off the bench. He shot 43.6 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from three-point range.

For his career, Ingles has attempted 1,224 three-pointers with a 41.0 percent shooting percentage, making him one of four active players to have attempted at least 1,200 three-pointers and have shot better than 40 percent from deep in their career. The other three players are Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Buddy Hield.

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Despite seeing his minutes on the court decrease over the past few seasons after tearing his ACL in 2022, Ingles has remained a consistent scorer and locker room leader for his team. The Timberwolves, who just lost one of their veteran leaders in Anderson, are now replacing his production with another respected leader on the bench.

Expectations for Ingles shouldn’t be too high as he prepares to join the Timberwolves. This team is still focused on Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns to lead them to success. While he could potentially be a top three-point shooter in 2024-25, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Ingles truly becomes an X-factor for Minnesota.

After all, this team came within a whisker of the NBA Finals last season when they beat the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets in the postseason. Edwards is a rising star in the league and will keep the Timberwolves in contention as long as he’s on the court. The best way to increase the chances of success is for Minnesota’s front office to continue to add scorers around Edwards.

In the playoffs, the Timberwolves struggled to get going from the line at times. Minnesota ranked eighth among all playoff teams in three-pointers made and three-point percentage, but they were inconsistent from the line against the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

Ingles will provide the Timberwolves with a reliable catch-and-shoot presence on the wing who understands his role. The best part about the Timberwolves acquiring Ingles is that he can still be valuable as a secondary playmaker and offensive facilitator alongside Conley.

Signing Ingles to a minimum contract for the 2024-25 season was a smart move by Tim Connelly and the Timberwolves front office.