MINNEAPOLIS -- He spends most of his time during games at the end of the bench, throwing out pointers and making sure rookies are paying attention. He beats up on Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea during practice, yet that pair's presence in the lineup has kept him from playing a meaningful minute all season. He's not large, he's not long, and he's far from an NBA household name.
Yet A.J. Price is still here.
The Timberwolves' backup point guard's 2013-14 contract became guaranteed for the rest of the season last week, meaning if the team did decide to part ways with him at some point, he'd at least leave with a sizeable paycheck in hand. Such a front-office move would appear justified, at least on paper.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound, fifth-year veteran has appeared in just 16 of Minnesota's 37 games so far, almost exclusively in the fourth quarter of already-decided contests. He's attempted only 26 field goals all season.
But the reason both president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and...