I: Timberwolves inability to build a winning team
NBA teams must coordinate and synchronize the actions of the front office, the coaching staff, and the players. Right now, the litmus test for the Minnesota Timberwolves is the 2023-24 NBA season. This season cannot simply end for the Timberwolves with a winning record. In fact, this season cannot end with the Timberwolves being sent home in Round 1 of the 2024 NBA Playoffs.
The Timberwolves must show improvement this year, or changes will begin to occur rapidly.
Roster changes, coaching changes, and even blockbuster trades often occur after an NBA team fails to live up to expectations. While unintentional, all factors will put tremendous pressure on the Timberwolves’ relationship with Anthony Edwards.
Edwards has only played for Head Coach Chris Finch. He has only known the Timberwolves roster to have Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt. Change those factors, and everything changes for Edwards.
I don’t expect Anthony Edwards to demand a trade. Players like Portland Trail Blazers’ PG Damian Lillard and Milwaukee Bucks’ PG Giannis Antetokounmpo have been content to play for the same small-market teams throughout their NBA careers.
Nothing is impossible in professional sports. Things change, which makes the certainty of any single NBA player remaining on the same team as today for the foreseeable future less than certain. But in the absence of any motivation, it’s foolish to fret over unlikely events that may never come.
No, the sky is not falling for the Minnesota Timberwolves. There may or may not be storms on the distant horizon, but my weather map indicates that it will miss us completely.