More moves to make Wolves competitive
While the Minnesota Timberwolves may be in the market for a young point guard to pair up with shooting guard Anthony Edwards, combination guard Shake Milton may be the next best thing. At 26 years old, the veteran guard is already a veteran of five NBA seasons, all of which were with the Philadelphia 76ers. Over that time, he has morphed from a starting point guard to a shooting guard to a viable bench option.
Because he has been tasked as the mortar to fill in the spaces between roster roles, Milton has not had the opportunity to flex into a consistent role. But as the 76ers leaned on him to help bridge the gap when a starter was injured, he was dependable and stepped up in a big way. The question is, can he fill that same type of role with a new team and a new scheme? I think he can, and if he does, this Timberwolves roster becomes that much more dangerous.
Wolves stock one away for a rainy day
While Timberwolves fans may need to exercise significant patience to see how effective rookie shooting guard Jaylen Clark can play in the NBA, my gut instinct tells me that he will most certainly be worth the wait. While many college basketball players take the path of scoring points, Clark opted to take the path less traveled and focused on defense.
He was so good at it that he was considered the best defensive player from the class of 2023. The only problem is that he suffered a devastating Achilles Tendon injury, one that will likely bench him until the end of 2023. That is why he signed one of the Timberwolves’ three Two-Way contracts.
Even as Clark excels on defense, his offense is nothing to sneeze at. He has the ability to score points, and his perimeter shot continues to develop rapidly. At 21 years old, he has plenty of NBA years ahead of him. Best of all, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 205 pounds, Jaylen Clark has the upside to slide into the Timberwolves rotation alongside defensive standouts like Jaden McDaniels, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Anthony Edwards, Rudy Gobert, and Wendell Moore Jr.
Do the Timberwolves need to hit on everyone? Not at all. But the team has made enough low-risk high-reward moves that hitting on one or two players is enough to get them over the hump and on their way to an NBA Championship.
Now, like any feast, the only thing left for Minnesota Timberwolves fans to do is to sit back and let them all cook.