3 Timberwolves who earned untouchable status, 2 who could be cut loose

This past season, several players in Minnesota cemented their role for the future, while others became more expendable.
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Could be cut loose: Kyle Anderson

Part of the Timberwolves' 2022 free agent class, Kyle Anderson made the move to Minnesota in the same offseason as Rudy Gobert. As such, he was part of the up-and-down first year of the Gobert experiment where it seemed more went wrong than expected. When Karl-Anthony Towns went down with a calf strain in November 2022, all of a sudden it was Anderson that would step up and take the starting power forward spot.

He delivered in a big way, putting up career numbers and leading the Wolves in overall three-point percentage. He kept the team afloat for four months in the wake of KAT's absence, and it is unlikely Minnesota makes the playoffs that season without his addition the previous summer. But then after a star-studded first season with the Timberwolves, Kyle struggled mightily to follow that performance up in 2023-24 .

Much of that struggle can be attributed to his April 2023 eye injury, and how Slo-Mo took a long time to get back to the point where his eyesight was effective. All things considered, that should give him a bit of a pass for such an unusually down season. Even so, the Timberwolves had one of their best seasons ever without him at full strength, so they could be open to parting ways with Anderson.