Woj: P.J. Dozier Agrees to Timberwolves Contract; Suffered ACL Injury in 2021

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 17, 2022

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: P.J. Dozier #35 of the Denver Nuggets reacts after a three-point shot against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Footprint Center on October 20, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nuggets defeated the Suns 110-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a deal with free-agent guard P.J. Dozier, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dozier was limited to 18 games in 2021-22, averaging 5.4 points and shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc. He suffered a season-ending torn ACL last November.

Wojnarowski reported in June he was fully cleared for basketball activities, so his availability for Minnesota's training camp won't be in doubt.

Dozier took quite the journey last year.

The Denver Nuggets traded the 25-year-old to the Boston Celtics in January as part of a three-team deal. Boston subsequently shipped him to the Orlando Magic, who quickly waived him amid their ongoing rebuild.

Dozier has averaged 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per 100 possessions across his career, according to Basketball Reference.

The 6'6" guard has limited value on offense. He isn't a natural playmaker, and his 31.9 percent career clip from beyond the arc speaks for itself. Defending has been his hallmark to this point.

Because of that, Dozier might be able to carve out a role on a crowded Timberwolves roster.

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA

The Timberwolves signing PJ Dozier makes it 20 players under contract entering training camp.<br>- 15 rostered<br>- 2 two-ways: Lawson + Paschall<br>- 3 exhibit 10s: Elleby + Garza + Dozier <a href="https://t.co/GMdesabxpW">pic.twitter.com/GMdesabxpW</a>

The Wolves added an elite defensive big in Rudy Gobert, but some wonder whether they may experience the same problems that plagued the Jazz with Gobert. It doesn't matter how good the Frenchman is protecting the rim when smaller guards and forwards have an almost unimpeded path to the basket.

A backcourt partnership of D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards leaves something to be desired on defense, and both stand 6'4".

Dozier could add some more length and a higher defensive upside when he's on the floor.