Report: Starting role surprises Prince

13-year NBA veteran Tayshaun Prince joined the Minnesota Timberwolves in August via a one-year, minimum contract to provide leadership in the locker room. It turns out he was given a bigger role to begin the 2015-16 season as he is the starting small forward. He was not expecting to have this position when he signed with the Wolves. From Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:.

      "'No, I didn’t, but I signed here expecting to do whatever they need me to do,' said Prince. 'One of those games was the last game, where I needed to play a little bit long and Coach left me out there because of things we had going on the defensive end. Believe me, I know there will be games where I’ll play 29 minutes and I know I’ll have games where I’ll play 12, 13 minutes.' ... Wolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell is starting Prince and

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    because of the defensive acumen and structure they give a young team, even if it might sacrifice some scoring and spacing offensively.”

Should Mitchell move Prince to the bench at any time, Andrew Wiggins will likely shift to small forward from the shooting guard spot. To begin the season, Prince is averaging 21.3 minutes, 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1 assist over three games.