These Timberwolves roster moves aim at NBA Championship

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The Minnesota Timberwolves front office has been content to wait so far this season. In some ways, that has frustrated many fans. For one reason or another, Timberwolves fans have developed love/hate relationships over the team. The fans love the team, but many have a player on the team that they are not shy about hating in no uncertain terms.

And yet, when push came to shove, the Timberwolves front office was content to maintain the status quo. No waves occurred during the 2022-23 NBA season, as the Timberwolves front office simply allowed events to play out as normally scheduled:

While that appeared to set the Timberwolves up as a team that would not be active in the upcoming 2023 NBA Trade Deadline, we now know that this was merely the calm before the storm.

Projecting Timberwolves trends so far

Here we are now, looking back at the first 1+ years of Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly’s oversight of the team, and we know that he is not afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to changing the Minnesota Timberwolves roster.

Nor should he be. Fortune favors the bold. The challenge for the Timberwolves to become relevant in the NBA today requires this team to take those risks. The team did not inherit a huge market and an endless bank account. The Timberwolves, for lack of a better comparison, must conduct NBA guerilla warfare to beat the big-market teams.

That will not happen by sitting pat and taking the obvious moves. To play leapfrog in the NBA, the Timberwolves must take chances, must try new methods, and must gamble a bit. That involves blockbuster trades at times. But it also involves low-risk high-reward exchanges as well. So let’s take a look at some of the TImberwolves’ moves over the past 15 months: