Is Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch already on the hot seat?

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Blockbusters, trades, and raising the stakes

So, yes, the loss is disappointing, but the franchise is trending in the right direction. Finch led the Timberwolves to finish the 2020-21 season with a 16-25 record. But his second season with the team, posting a 46-36 record, sparked a chain of events that quite likely will result in a new era for the team.

Adding the two seasons’ wins totals together, the 62 victories under Finch already rank as the fourth-most under any head coach in team history. That is very impressive for two seasons. Now that he has inked a multi-year contract extension, the pressure is now on to take the franchise to the next level.

Of course, leading a team in the Western Conference is incredibly tough, especially when you are going up against some of the best players in the NBA. However, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made strides to become a better team; now, this is the year in which they hope it all comes together.

Getting a big improvement to the roster

One such example this offseason, Minnesota made a blockbuster trade for the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year in center Rudy Gobert. Below you will find full trade details.

This was a trade that many believe destroyed the NBA trade market for some big-name players like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Regardless the Timberwolves got their man, a 7-foot-1 NBA veteran rim protector who can run coast to coast and is arguably the NBA’s best interior defender. With the offseason addition of Rudy Gobert, the Timberwolves are ahead of schedule to be one of the league’s most improved teams. Pairing PF Karl Anthony Towns and SG Anthony Edwards with another dominant big man seems ideal, but there are always issues when putting together a new team.