Hey, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still in the NBA Playoffs. It was the inspirational words from shooting guard Antony Edwards that seemed to rally his teammates to his side. Do you think that it’s just one win? Perhaps. But here are some reasons why even one victory in the 2023 NBA Playoffs can have long-term benefits for the team.
While the Minnesota Timberwolves may not hold a first-round draft pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, there is still enough drama and excitement to order a pizza, grab a cold six-pack or bottle of your favorite vintage, and tune in to see how the Timberwolves plan to reinforce their roster for the 2023-24 NBA season.
Pay ’em and play ’em
And that does not even include lowering the cost of trading for Rudy Gobert and screwing their trade partner, the Utah Jazz, out of a boost to their 2023 NBA Draft Lottery chances. But that does bring up the 2023 NBA draft. So what do Minnesota Timberwolves fans have to look forward to?
The truth is that even with a full complement of draft picks, NBA teams must scavenge for players to add to the roster during the offseason. The NBA has a few elite players who are highly compensated. After that, it’s a battle of pennies as players compete for the few dollars and coins remaining to spend on the roster.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, by trading for Rudy Gobert, took on a significant payroll problem for years to come. With both Gobert and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns on Super Max contracts, the team has a lot of navigation to fit under the annual NBA salary cap. One way to do so is to land inexpensive but talented players in the NBA Draft.