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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
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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. Dec 3 - 10:36 PM

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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.
Dec 2 - 11:42 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.
Oct 16 - 9:40 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.
Sep 25 - 9:24 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.
Sep 10 - 10:32 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.

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.
Jul 10 - 1:15 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.
Jul 3 - 1:12 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.
Jul 3 - 11:32 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.
Jun 2 - 3:27 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
May 6 - 11:20 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.
Apr 14 - 1:20 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.
Apr 13 - 1:00 AM

Doc Rivers heaped praise on Cole Aldrich for his play off the bench.

"This guy just does it. He doesn’t make any big deal about it and he has scratches and cuts," Rivers said. "You look on guys in Instagram accounts or Twitter accounts or whatever they’re called and they have pictures of Cole and I think they kind of bring teams together even more." After being buried in the rotation earlier in the year, Aldrich has (surprisingly) emerged as a real asset for Los Angeles. He could draw one more start in Wednesday's regular season finale vs. a bad Phoenix team on Wednesday if DeAndre Jordan (rest) sits out, a move that would put Aldrich on the DFS radar.
Apr 11 - 10:14 AM

Cole Aldrich is expected to come off the bench on Sunday vs. Dallas.

DeAndre Jordan is back in the lineup tonight, so this isn't a surprise. Jordan could get another maintenance day on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies or Wednesday vs. the Suns, so feel free to hang onto Aldrich if you have a roster spot. Aldrich scored 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting to go with 18 boards, two assists, five steals, one block and two turnovers in 40 minutes in his last start.
Apr 10 - 2:14 PM