Compare 3 ’22 Timberwolves acquisitions to ’23?

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By this time one year ago, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the players were gearing up for the 2022-23 NBA season. This year, the same can be said for the Timberwolves roster as the team prepares for the 2023-24 NBA season.

And yet, does it hold the same raw enthusiasm? Or is it simply not quite as scary this year? Is there some version of Deja vu this offseason? Perhaps like we’re experiencing a moment that we have lived before. Or is this a bit more familiar, as though we are putting on a favorite sweater? Do the Timberwolves have a feeling like this is the second time that we’ve ridden the scariest roller coaster on the face of the planet, and the thrill of anticipation is gone?

Ch…ch…ch…changes. Turn and face the strange

The Minnesota Timberwolves have no fear of change. In fact, since hiring Tim Connelly as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ President of Basketball Operations, there has not been an occasion when the team passed on the opportunity to tweak the Timberwolves roster, and hopefully upgrade it along the way.

The Timberwolves roster is getting tougher to improve upon. A year ago, the team traded away five players, leaving gaping holes in the roster that were filled as well as possible. But since that time, the Timberwolves front office has been chipping away at making the team better, with impressive results.

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And yet, until the Minnesota Timberwolves win an NBA Championship, improving the Timberwolves roster is not an option, it’s a mandate. But improvement can mean many things. It can mean better scoring or rebounding. But it can also mean better perimeter shooting or perimeter defense. It can even mean getting similar production for a fraction of the cost.