4 Timberwolves who aren't living up to expectations thus far

These Timberwolves have not been as expected this season.
Minnesota Timberwolves, Kyle Anderson
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1. Kyle Anderson

The Timberwolves have several difficult financial decisions ahead, and it could start at the deadline. They have $185.3 million committed in salary for the 2024-25 season without Mike Conley or Kyle Anderson on their books. Minnesota needs a point guard but will be over the second tax apron if they try to bring back both players.

Anderson is on a $9.5 million expiring contract and in the middle of arguably the worst season of his career. His 46.5 effective field goal percentage is his lowest since his rookie campaign in 2015, and he is shooting just 12.5 percent from 3-point range through 33 games. Anderson often draws the ire of Wolves fans on social media, and his production is down across the board.

He is still playing a key role. The Timberwolves need his secondary playmaking and versatility, but likely cannot afford to keep him beyond this season. Does Minnesota explore his market before the deadline in hopes of getting something back in return? If not, the Wolves need his play to improve to make a deep playoff run.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are having a breakout season, but can they carry it over to the playoffs? The franchise has been bounced in the first round for two straight years. They will be judged on how they perform in the postseason, so stay tuned.