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Cole Aldrich | Center | #45

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 250
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (11) / NO
Contract: view contract details
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According to Darren Wolfson of KSTP.com, the Wolves are shopping Cole Aldrich.
Specifically, the Wolves are trying to convince the Nets to take on his contact in a salary dump. Brooklyn will obviously need some compensation in return, so we'll see if Nets GM Sean Marks can work his magic again after getting two drafts picks in the DeMarre Carroll salary dump on Saturday. Aldrich is set to make $7.3 million next season and a non-guaranteed $6.9 million in 2018-19, and given Brooklyn's lack of depth up front, Aldrich would likely be looking at decent minutes if he's traded to the Nets. Jul 9 - 12:00 PM

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According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Wolves are "looking to trade for a frontcourt player."

Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng have been playing a ton of minutes because coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't seem to trust his bench. The Wolves signed Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill over the offseason, but Aldrich is only averaging 13.2 minutes per game and Hill has appeared in just three games. Meanwhile, Nemanja Bjelica has been inconsistent and Adreian Payne is Adreian Payne. Both Aldrich and Hill become eligible to be traded on Dec. 15 and it's worth noting that Aldrich is a per-minute monster, so hopefully he's included in any deal the Wolves make.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 10:13:00 AM

Cole Aldrich scored four points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 22 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

Coach Tom Thibodeau is starting to like using Aldrich next to Karl-Anthony Towns, which could get interesting for fantasy. Aldrich is fantastic on per-minute output, so he may have some value in deeper leagues with a consistent 20-minute role. To be clear, this is only two games with this new role and he played just 10 minutes combined in the previous two before Friday, so he's more of a speculative add in deeper formats.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:36:00 PM

Cole Aldrich posted season-highs 10 points, 12 boards, three blocks and 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding two assists and two steals.

After getting just 10 minutes combined in his previous two, coach Tom Thibodeau mixed it up with Gorgui Dieng in foul trouble. Thibs seems to be open to anything to help stop this free fall, so maybe he plays Aldrich more. For now, it's tough to say he'll get run, but just keep an eye on him for his upside.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 11:42:00 PM

Cole Aldrich started Sunday's game in place of Karl-Anthony Towns (rest), finishing with 10 points (4-of-5 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), six rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 25 minutes.

Aldrich was a sneaky pickup for the Wolves this offseason, giving them a proven defensive anchor for the second unit. His per-minute stats are through the roof (including fouls), and he'll be a very popular pickup if anything happens to KAT.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:40:00 PM

Cole Aldrich has "figured out who he is" as a basketball player, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

"The last two years have been very good for [Aldrich]," Thibodeau said. "He fits in well, plays to his strengths, covers up his weaknesses, makes the team function well. And [Jordan Hill] has been a very good player in this league. That gives us quality depth up front." It's doubtful that Aldrich or Hill will have standard-league appeal while the Wolves are healthy, but they'll be popular targets if injuries strike the Wolves' frontcourt.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 09:24:00 PM

Cole Aldrich said he's focused on improving his durability.

"We're working on finding ways of getting through a season healthy," Aldrich said. "For me, that's the biggest thing to help my career, sustaining it through an 82-game season." Aldrich has never played more than 61 games in a season during his six-year NBA career, but he played well for the Clippers last season and should get the first shot at the backup center job behind Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota. His fantasy value will be very limited right out of the gate.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 10:32:00 AM

Cole Aldrich has officially signed with the Timberwolves.

Aldrich's deal is for three yeas and $22 million dollars and the 27-year-old will primarily backup Karl-Anthony Towns. While Aldrich will help the Wolves off the bench, the presence of Towns and Gorgui Dieng will limit Aldrich from having value in standard fantasy leagues.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 11:46:00 AM

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau believes that Cole Aldrich will be a great fit in Minnesota.

"I think he’ll fit well with us with his size, shot-blocking, his ability to finish around the rim," Thibodeau said. "I thought he had a terrific season with the Clippers. We’re excited to have him.’’ The Wolves signed him to a reasonable three-year, $22 million deal, but he will likely be limited to minutes in the teens as the primary backup behind Karl-Anthony Towns.
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 01:15:00 PM

Cole Aldrich has agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal with the Wolves.

That's a solid value for the Wolves compared to some other deals for big men around the league. Aldrich averaged 4.5 points, 4.2 boards and 1.1 blocks in 11.9 minutes as a reserve for the Clippers last season, but those numbers improved to 15.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals in 29.6 minutes in five starts. Aldrich will provide some depth behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng, but Minnesota isn't a great landing spot for his fantasy value.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 01:12:00 PM

The Wolves have reportedly reached out to free agent center Cole Aldrich.

He only played 13.3 minutes per game with the Clippers last season, but he turned some heads when he posted averages of 15.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals in his five starts. We've seen some massive contracts for big men over the past couple days, so Aldrich won't be cheap.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 11:32:00 AM

Cole Aldrich has reportedly opted out of his contract and he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Aldrich was impressive in his five starts this past season, posting averages of 15.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals per game, so he's sure to earn a nice payday on the open market this summer. Health has been an issue for Aldrich in the past, but if he lands in an ideal situation, he'll be someone to consider as a late-round flier on draft day.
Thu, Jun 2, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Cole Aldrich is expected to decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

He averaged 4.5 points, 4.2 boards and 1.1 blocks as a reserve, but posted averages of 15.8 points, 11.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 steals in five starts this season. He would've made just $1.2 million if he picked up his player option, so it's an easy decision for him to opt out. If he does land in an ideal situation next season, the 27-year-old center could make some noise in fantasy.
Source: ESPN
Fri, May 6, 2016 11:20:00 AM

Cole Aldrich started on Wednesday and double-doubled with 14 points (5-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 10 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal in just 25 minutes.

Aldrich has impressed in limited minutes this season, particularly when his role expands in DeAndre Jordan's absence -- he averaged a healthy 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.0 blocks in four starts. He'll almost certainly decline his $1.2 million player option to chase a big payday in free agency this summer, and his fantasy relevance will depend upon where he signs.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 01:20:00 AM

Cole Aldrich scored six points with four boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 15 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

DeAndre Jordan will be rested on Wednesday vs. the Suns, so Aldrich should be looking at a lot of minutes. In four previous starts this season, Aldrich posted averages of 16.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 blocks and 2.8 steals in 30.8 minutes per game. He's basically a must-start option vs. the Suns and will be an excellent target in DFS as well.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 01:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Melo Trimble
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Shabazz Muhammad
PF1Gorgui Dieng
2Taj Gibson
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Justin Patton
3Cole Aldrich