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Timberwolves to sign Matt Ryan to two-way deal, waive AJ Lawson

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Timberwolves to sign Matt Ryan to two-way deal, waive AJ Lawson
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are planning to sign Matt Ryan to a two-way deal, and the front office will waive AJ Lawson to open a roster spot for the former Los Angeles Laker.

Last Thursday, the Lakers waived the second-year forward ahead of the Dec. 15 trade date. In September, Ryan signed a nonguaranteed, one-year contract with L.A.

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Timberwolves G.M. Tim Connelly decided to bring in Ryan to improve the team’s perimeter shooting. So far this season, Minnesota is shooting 32.6% from three-point range, which ranks 28th in the NBA.

While the Wolves rank sixth in the league in floor shooting percentage (48.3%), they also rank ninth in points per game right now (115). Ryan is an underrated long-distance shooter.

Timberwolves will sign Matt Ryan to a two-way deal, set to waive rookie guard AJ Lawson

In 12 games off the bench with the Lakers, the 25-year-old averaged 3.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Not to mention, he shot 30.6% from the floor and 37.1% beyond the arc.

On April 10, 2022, in his one game off the bench with the Boston Celtics in a 139-110 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, the forward ended his performance with three points and one steal.

On Nov. 2, in the Lakers’ 120-117 win against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Chatanooga product scored a season-high 11 points in 19 minutes of action. He finished 4-of-11 (36.4%) shooting from the field and 3-of-9 (33.3%) from downtown.

As for Lawson, the rookie guard out of South Carolina signed a two-way contract with the Timberwolves on Nov. 16. On the same day, in Minnesota’s 126-108 win over the Orlando Magic, the guard finished with two points and one rebound in less than two minutes played. It was his only NBA appearance.

James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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