There have been several instances of professional athletes learning of some personal career-changing news through Twitter before they’re informed by their team.
Well, you can add now-former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince to that list.
Before the T-Wolves could inform the former 2016 first-round pick that they were declining the final year of his contract for 2023-24, Prince learned of the news via Twitter through ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
That certainly isn’t the best way to let a player discover the news. The well-respected NBA insider obviously has the best sources available, but the Timberwolves obviously could have acted faster to let Prince know beforehand.
At any rate, the 29-year-old Prince is now on his way to the open market, which officially begins on Friday at 6 p.m. EST.
Minnesota acquired Prince from the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 2021 offseason trade that sent veteran Ricky Rubio to The Land. In his first season with the T-Wolves, Prince averaged 7.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
Last season, Prince averaged 9.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 54 contests. The Baylor product shot a career-best 46.7 percent from the field and drained 38.1 percent of his three-point attempts.
Prince had his best season with the Atlanta Hawks in 2017-18, where he averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
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