Wolves Ready for Expectations, ‘Fun Year’
The Minnesota Timberwolves have expectations this season with a loaded roster of young talent and the return of Kevin Love from injury. Owner Glen Taylor also dumped erratic David Kahn as president of basketball operations and replaced him with former Minnesota coach Flip Saunders.
The Timberwolves used their salary cap space to acquire Kevin Martin in a sign-and-trade deal with Oklahoma City, sign Corey Brewer, and re-sign center Nikola Pekovic to improve depth. Love returns from a season in which he broke his right hand twice, and the club also drafted Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA and Louisville defender Gorgui Dieng, and it still has former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams.
There is hope for the first time since Kevin McHale traded Kevin Garnett to the Celtics, hoping Boston’s younger pieces would help a rebuild. The Timberwolves have been through four or five additional rebuilding plans that have failed miserably. This one, however, should be more effective.
“We definitely have a great frontline, a great backcourt, guys that bring energy to our lineup,” Love said. “It’s definitely going to make for a fun year. Barring injuries I feel we have the talent in the entire lineup [to make the playoffs]. I know a lot of us who have been here previously are ready to take that next step. All of the players that we have are really going to make for a fun year.