3 former players the Minnesota Timberwolves may miss this season

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have not exactly been banking all of their draft picks or players since hiring Tim Connelly to be the Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations over one year ago. Quite the opposite, in fact, as Connelly shipped off four first-round draft picks and five players within weeks of his arrival to acquire NBA All-Star center Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz.

And not everyone cheered that move.

The cost of doing business in the NBA can be quite high at times. To get something of value, you must give up, at least with the team you are trading with, equal value. That has certainly prompted the Minnesota Timberwolves to take a high-risk, high-reward approach in the acquisition of All-Star center Rudy Gobert.

And in so doing, the Timberwolves were forced to part ways with players who were both young and talented. That did not rub all Timberwolves fans the right way. But the Timberwolves had their hands full with an unprecedented number of injuries last season. As the Timberwolves struggled to piece together healthy bodies to form a starting five and meaningful rotations, the team also had to handle the discontent of veteran point guard D’Angelo Russell.

In short, the 2022-23 Timberwolves schedule with so many injuries and personality issues forced the Timberwolves coaching staff to be far more reactionary than proactive. But it is equally true that the Timberwolves were simply not familiar with many of the new faces who had appeared on the Timberwolves roster.

It’s never a good idea to think back to what might have been. But as the Minnesota Timberwolves rocket to whatever destiny has waiting for this team, perhaps it is as good of a time as any to think back and recollect some of the young players who helped get the Timberwolves this far.

Will the Timberwolves miss their production? We already know that many believe that point guard Patrick Beverley’s firey trash-talking attitude is what ignited the Timberwolves to earn a berth in the 2022 NBA Playoffs. So who might be missed this year?