This is going to be here one of the craziest off-seasons for the Minnesota Timberwolves in a while.
This season, player evaluation has to have been extremely difficult, and the Timberwolves are no exception. The fact that they have to make roster decisions based on a dozen games make everything much more challenging.
The only thing that the Wolves need to know is how well they play with Karl Anthony Towns, franchise center. If Minnesota is building around the three-headed monster of Towns, Beasley, and Russell, some slight changes need to be made to the team to help become more well-rounded – and possibly make a playoff push.
General manager Gersson Rosas cleared a good amount of cap space, got us out from under bad contracts, and signed good players to great value contracts. The Timberwolves do need to start looking at a player that needs a contract.
Re-signing Malik Beasley is of the essence. Given the chance to start, he proved that he has the capabilities to be a knock-down shooter and just a dominant offensive threat for this team. In his few games for the Timberwolves, Beasley was scoring 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and shot 42-percent from three. The Wolves also need to re-sign him even if he is not in their long-term plans. If they plan on attempting to trade for a third star, Beasley could be a valuable asset that is included in any trade.
One free agent that the Timberwolves should go after is forward/center Serge Ibaka. If fans know anything about the team, it’s that they lack a strong defensive presence, especially down low. Towns and Hernangomez are both good offensive players in their own right, but this team has lacked a good defensive anchor for a long time, and Ibaka provides that.
He is 3x All-Defense, 2x block champion, and averages over two blocks per game over the entirety of his career. He would be an excellent fit next to Towns.