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Cole Aldrich | Center | #45

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/31/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 253
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (11) / NO
Contract: view contract details

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Cole Aldrich (ankle) picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.
The 29-year-old center was reportedly cleared to play on Wednesday but he's simply not a part of Tom Thibodeau's rotation. We're taking him off the injury report. Sun, Nov 19, 2017 09:54:00 PM

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Cole Aldrich (ankle) will be available to play against the Spurs on Wednesday.

Aldrich probably won't play much more than five minutes tonight, if that. Leave him on the wire.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 07:50:00 PM

Cole Aldrich (ankle) is questionable to face the Spurs on Wednesday.

He was available as an emergency center on Monday, so chances are it's the same story. Gorgui Dieng is not expected to play, but coach Tom Thibodeau has played Taj Gibson at the five to help fill in the frontcourt rotation.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Cole Aldrich will be available as an 'emergency' center on Monday night with Gorgui Dieng out again with a finger injury.

With Karl-Anthony Towns handling most of the center minutes this evening, we certainly hope there isn't an emergency that would force Aldrich into action. Aldrich is dealing with a sprained ankle and has played a grand total of 10 minutes this season.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 09:11:00 PM

Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) is questionable to face the Jazz on Monday.

He's not in the rotation, so whether he plays or not is irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 04:36:00 PM

Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) will dress but will not play against the Suns on Saturday.

Aldrich is not in the rotation right now.
Sat, Nov 11, 2017 08:50:00 PM

According to Darren Wolfson of, 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.
Sun, Jul 9, 2017 12:00:00 PM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Shabazz Muhammad
3Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich