Look alive Wolves nation, the league-wide NBA arms race is in full sing. With a staggering $1.9 billion handed out to players in four days, teams are jockeying for position in a bid to knock defending champions the Denver Nuggets off the proverbial hill. And one of the NBA teams that has an NBA Championship bid on the horizon is the Minnesota Timberwolves.
So what have the Timberwolves done to prevent themselves from being left in the wake of the race to the top?
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations, Tim Connelly, did the majority of his work early. Shortly after the opening bell of free agency, Connelly chased down the signatures of former Los Angeles Lakers small forward Troy Brown Jr., and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Shake Milton.
Wolves bench buildup
Last season, the Timberwolves bench struggled to provide consistent offensive punch off the bench. While overall, the Wolves were middle of the pack at 14th in bench scoring, inconsistency from game to game was a key factor in the Timberwolves’ struggle to get very far above a .500 record.
In an attempt to rectify the situation, the Timberwolves have cut ties with three key contributors from that middling and inconsistent bench. Forward Taurean Prince, and guards Jaylen Nowell & Austin Rivers. This opens the door for new acquisitions Brown and Milton to step into the Wolves 10-man rotation.
Upgrading the bench allows the Wolves to empower and trust in their rotation when star players Anthony Edwards and Karl Anthony-Towns need to rest.
So what do the newcomers bring to the rotation?