1. 2019 free agency
It’s been a loaded first two days of 2019 NBA free agency, and all seems lost already for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wolves spent most of the weeks leading up to the free agency period looking for a way to dump Wiggins so that they could clear the cap space to sign D’Angelo Russell. It seemed like this was about to happen too. A lot of places were reporting that Minnesota was confident in its future, and that it was at the top of Russell’s list. The Timberwolves Twitter account seemed to suggest that this was the case too:
Then, the Golden State Warriors had to come in with this:
With one tweet, the air rushed out of every Minnesota fans’ lungs so quickly it could’ve caused a tornado in Iowa.
It wasn’t just that the Wolves had missed out on one of the key free agents available to them. It was that they had allowed Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson to leave, and angered one of their star players, all to get a guy who is not going to be on the team.
Adding to this frustration is the fact that there are no more top free agents left on the market. Much like a high school freshman, the Timberwolves spent all of their free time trying to get one person, and when they got rejected, they turned around to find out that they were out of options.
There’s always a chance that things could turn around. After all, it seems like Tyus Jones is coming back, and maybe the team still has something up its sleeve. Unfortunately, it needs to be bigger than Russell, it needs to ease Minnesota’s point guard problems, and it needs to erase the sour taste of Jimmy Butler.
Good luck with that.