The Minnesota Timberwolves made possibly the weirdest signing in NBA history this week.
The Timberwolves brought Sean Kilpatrick in, who was at the New York Knicks D-League affiliate and playing pretty well for them.
But that was definitely not the only reason that Minnesota decided to bring him in. No, Kilpatrick is a Timberwolves player now because he was close the arena where the T'wolves were playing that night.
NBA teams are required to have eight players available for each regular season games, and with a long list of sidelined players, including the likes of Nikola Pekovic,Shabazz Muhammad, Kevin Garnett and Ricky Rubio – Minnesota was down to just seven healthy players for its game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden last night.
Enter Kilpatrick, whose D-League team was in nearby Delaware. Timberwolves president and head coach Flip Saunders confirmed the reason why Kilpatrick was signed.
“We had to fulfill our rules, so we had to go find somebody that was within a train ride away,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said, according to Yahoo Sports.
Kilpatrick actually drove, arriving in the Wolves’ locker room at Madison Square Garden about 45 minutes before the start. This wasn't just the Timberwolves picking a name out of the hat however. The team had known about Kilpatrick already and have had him work out before.
“We had him in before so we worked him out, so we knew about him and we’ve been following him, but there’s no question that geography helped,” Saunders said. “We had to have a guy here ready to play at 7:30.”
Kilpatrick played 10 minutes, missing the only shot he took, grabbing a rebound and committing a turnover in his team's win. He’ll earn $29,843 for this contract, more than he would have made all season in the D-League. Not bad for being in the right place at the right time.