1 buyout veteran now beyond the Timberwolves reach

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Whether or not you are a fan of the way the Minnesota Timberwolves have stocked their roster, for the most part, it has been “Buckle up, keep your hands in the cart at all times, and enjoy the ride.” After all, what’s done is done. The Timberwolves roster was set, and all that remained is sitting back and viewing how the team performed over the course of 82 games in the 2022-23 NBA season.

But the wheels on the cart began to wobble a bit. The Timberwolves roster was struck with injuries, and even to this day, the return of power forward/center Karl-Anthony Towns remains uncertain. The team struggled with the growing distance over what the team was willing to pay point guard D’Angelo Russell on an extension, and what he was willing to accept to return. Finally, the impasse was resolved when the Timberwolves traded away DLo for two players and three Round 2 NBA Draft picks.

But everything so far has been in theory, on paper, or any number of ways to reflect that it all sounds good, but we haven’t seen it proven just yet. Even the new Timberwolves lineup with point guard Mike Conley Jr. feels good, but we’ve only witnessed three games of it on the basketball court, and the Timberwolves have just one win to show for it.

In Love, In Heat, but not in the far north at Target Center

That all has led to speculation that the Minnesota Timberwolves could be in the market to sign one of several NBA veterans who have been or are projected to be bought out by their respective teams. We touched base on five of those players who made some sense to consider for the Timberwolves roster. One such player who we did not address directly is NBA big Kevin Love.

Well, that’s not exactly true. Will Eudy did not pull any punches in voting down any consideration that the Timberwolves might have had in adding Love to the roster. Well, the ‘danger’ has passed us by, as it now appears that the Timberwolves will not be signing Love, as he is signing on with the Miami Heat:

The Timberwolves rumors persist that the team may be eyeing signing a veteran. But to do so, the team will need to release a player, and that could be the sticking point. It was easy to part ways with veteran Bryn Forbes, but now the Timberwolves roster has the feel of a nice balance between young and old.

If the Timberwolves were interested in adding an NBA veteran, they would need to create a roster spot, and that could derail their future plans. But anything is possible, particularly in light of the fact that the Timberwolves’ chances of an NBA Playoff berth hang precariously in the balance.

The Timberwolves will not be joined by Kevin Love. And as a result, I know at least one person who is delighted with the news.

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