Examining a roller coaster free agency for the Minnesota Timberwolves

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Minnesota Timberwolves, Gersson Rosas

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 6: Gersson Rosas, newly appointed Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

While it’s been a tumultuous free agency period that started with excitement that was quickly snatched away by the NBA’s premier modern dynasty, there is still a bright light at the end of the tunnel for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The first week of the free agency period is in the books, and while the Minnesota Timberwolves have added a trio of players to their roster, it’s fair to say that things haven’t gone according to plan.

Let’s take stock of where we stand and what that means for the Wolves moving forward.

Indeed, NBA free agency began with one of the worst basketball-related cases of the Sunday Scaries.

Less than nine hours after Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Wolves were at the top of D’Angelo Russell’s wishlist, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a nuclear Woj Bomb that ripped away Wolves fans’ weeks-long zeal for the All-Star point guard in the blink of an eye.

What seemed like a slap in the face to Wolves fans (or, at least to those who do not understand the importance of stockpiling young talent on very cheap contracts), Gersson Rosas jumped back into the D-Lo trade as a fourth team on Monday.

Minnesota took back legendary U-Conn point guard Shabazz Napier and shooting guard Treveon Graham off the Warriors’ hands, allowing Golden State to stay under the hard cap apron (binding maximum total salary) that came with the sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Wolves needed depth at point guard and while they have several wings at this point, Graham has some upside as a potential 3-and-D player off the bench. Of course, both players very well might not make the final roster when it’s all said and done, anyways.

This move signaled the beginning of the Rosas’ Plan B for the Wolves free agency. Let’s talk about the KAT conundrum.

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