The Minnesota Timberwolves in the offseason: unadorned instead of home run

With D’Angelo Russell, the Minnesota Timberwolves aimed for the big coup in summer 2019. The Point Guard ended up with the Warriors, Minnesota went away empty-handed. Instead of a spirit of optimism, sobriety spreads in the far north.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Transactions

The Timberwolves presented the most important new addition on May 1: Gersson Rosas took over the role of President of Basketball Operations and thus the reins in the front office after the era Tom Thibodeau came to an abrupt end last season.

To start the new job, Rosas obviously wanted to set off a blast. Shortly before the official launch of the Free Agency, the Timberwolves were considered a favorite of D’Angelo Russell. When it became clear that Kyrie Irving would replace the point guard at the Nets, the Wolves fans were already preparing a bottle or two of champagne – but the Warriors put Rosas through the drain.

By sign-and-trade, D-Lo switched to the Bay Area instead of to the far north. Despite the disappointment, Minnesota snuck into the deal and secured the services of Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham from the Nets instead of the main prize. Subsequently, Rosas made several smaller deals to address the depth of the team.

For example, Noah Vonleh (1 year, $ 2 million) and Jordan Bell (1 year, $ 1.6 million) signed short-term contracts; Jake Layman was committed for three years and $ 11.3 million. Not too big names, he came in the draft a few weeks earlier.

Rosas converted her own pick per trade with the Suns into the 6th pick to secure Texas Tech Guard Jarrett Culver. In return, Minnesota had to drop Dario Saric and the 11th pick (Cameron Johnson) towards Phoenix. In addition to Saric, Taj Gibson (Knicks), Derrick Rose (Pistons), Anthony Tolliver (Blazers) and Tyus Jones (Grizzlies) also left the franchise in the summer.

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