1 Do-over Timberwolves wish they had with current roster

There is one move Minnesota's front office likely wishes they had a second chance to make.
Anthony Edwards, Monte Morris, Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves
Anthony Edwards, Monte Morris, Rudy Gobert, Minnesota Timberwolves / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

There is no detracting from the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2023-24 season. The achievements the team stacked up were significant, and they were proof that the front office's vision was correct all along. Any questions about Anthony Edwards' star power, Rudy Gobert's fit as the team's defensive anchor, and whether this team could really win in the playoffs should have all been put to rest.

The Wolves showed that they will be a threat for years to come in the Western Conference when they took down the defending champions in Game 7 of the second round. If there was still any lingering doubt about Minnesota's ability to handle high-level opponents in the playoffs, that victory over the Denver Nuggets squashed all of it.

All things considered, the Timberwolves are in an excellent spot moving forward. There are small improvements they can make, but this roster is largely already built to win at the highest level. But as we think about those small improvements, we can think about Minnesota's struggles on offense against the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

It seemed like more than anything, that series loss for the Wolves was the product of a bad matchup. Dallas had enough versatility on the wing to force Minnesota into tough spots and limit their offensive firepower outside of Edwards. With that in mind, one of the main offseason focuses for the Timberwolves will likely be adding more players who can be counted on to get a bucket in a pinch.

The Timberwolves needed another offensive spark plug at the deadline

That begs the question: could the Wolves not have addressed this problem during last season? Clearly, they did not do so because they believed in the offensive ability of their as currently constructed. But knowing what we know now, they would likely go back and correct one specific move from the 2023-24 season.

I am speaking, of course, about the midseason trade for Monte Morris. At the February trade deadline, Minnesota sent Shake Milton, Troy Brown Jr. and a future second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Monte Morris. The Timberwolves felt it important to add a veteran with a bit more experience to sure up their ball-handling and add more reliable depth to their bench.

In the end, Morris did not end up contributing much, especially in the playoffs where he averaged just 2.3 points in 7.4 minutes of action a night. Looking back, the Wolves probably would have liked to have gone for an option that is a bit more of a threat to score. Terry Rozier was an excellent player who was available at the deadline, and he averaged 16.4 points in the second half of the season with Miami.

One would have to think that Minnesota would have had a bit of an easier time scoring the ball in the conference finals against the Mavericks with a ball-handler and iso scorer like Rozier coming off the bench. The Heat were able to obtain Terry from the Hornets in exchange for just Kyle Lowry and a first-round pick, which is not all that big a package.

Hindsight is 20/20, but the Timberwolves have to kicking themselves for not doing more to get a higher-level scorer at this past deadline. It is one of the few situations Tim Connelly has whiffed on so far.