Considering that Anthony Tolliver found himself as the third-string forward after the trade which sent Dario Saric (and others) to the Timberwolves, Tolliver’s 2018-19 season wasn’t so bad. Unfortunately, Tolliver just doesn’t fit their needs.
Something that the Timberwolves have desperately been needing since the departure of Kevin Love is a couple of great two-way players.
Rim protection in particular has been a big weakness in the Minnesota system and if the Wolves can find a forward like that for their bench, they would be in a good place.
The Wolves need a two-way forward to complement the hard-nosed defensive style of Gorgei Dieng. He also needs to be able to fill in the offensive production left after the Dario Saric trade. One great free agent who could fill these needs is Kenneth Faried.
Faried found success coming off the bench for the Houston Rockets, averaging 12.9 points and 0.8 blocks per game on 58.7 percent shooting.
One drawback is that Faried does have a worse 3-point percentage over his career than Tolliver (22.2 percent compared to 37.6) and Saric (35.8), but what he lacks from beyond the arc, he makes up for when he has the ball.
Over his career, Faried averages 1.0 assist and 11.4 points per game, compared to Tollivers 0.9 assists and 6.4 points per game.