The Minnesota Timberwolves look to be in better shape than ever headed into next season. After a genius deal at the February trade deadline that allowed them to shed dead weight and revamp the starting lineup, management one-upped themselves by knocking the draft out of the park as well.
With the 2023-24 season fast approaching, there are many reasons to be excited for Wolves fans. Perhaps one of the biggest being that the Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert pairing will finally get a full season to show what it can truly accomplish.
We know that President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly will not be slow to make changes next season as the team looks to level up as quickly as possible. With that in mind, there are a few players that are prime candidates to be traded or moved before the end of the 2023-24 season.
Timberwolves who will not last the entire season in Minnesota:
We recently looked into how the Timberwolves have already held onto Jordan McLaughlin for too long. With Minnesota’s decision to guarantee his contract for the coming season, it feels very much like a make-or-break season for the young guard.
Simply put, McLaughlin is part of a dying breed of players. There are not many players under six foot left in the NBA. For him to keep his place on this team going forward, McLaughlin will have to make the absolute most of his minutes and eliminate the dud performances.
It is becoming clearer that unless McLaughlin steps his game up in a major way, he is simply not worth keeping around as the Timberwolves’ guard rotation becomes deeper. If Minnesota needs a throw-in piece for a deal at the trade deadline, McLaughlin would seem to be the obvious choice.