In a league where the ability to compete in the playoffs is beginning to rely solely on building a “super” team, the Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves with a mediocre roster from top to bottom. With constant pressure from teams such as the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, is it time for the Timberwolves to look into bringing in another all-star caliber player at the expense of solid role players and obnoxiously high profile contracts? The answer is a definitive, “yes!”
Over the last fourteen seasons, the NBA has crowned only five different organizations as champions. What is even more astounding is the fact that three of those five teams have won multiple titles since the 1999-2000 NBA season. Those three teams are of course the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and most recently the Miami Heat. What did/does each of these organizations have in common during their championship runs? Multiple all-star caliber players.
Although the Minnesota Timberwolves have put together a roster full of contributing role players, the league’s various “super” teams have put together far too much star power for power forward Kevin Love to handle on his own. Since Love’s arrival into the NBA, the team has placed nearly all of the offensive as well as the rebounding responsibilities on the young superstar’s shoulders. Many well-rounded players have been implemented into the Timberwolves’ locker room over the years, but Love has yet to be matched with a true sidekick in his quest for an NBA championship. Players such Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade and Tim Duncan were each granted their Robin type teammates and experienced instant success in doing so. If the Minnesota Timberwolves intend on turning the corner and regain their once dominant persona around the league, then they must act quickly before Love decides to part ways with twin cities in search of a more champion ready organization.
Luckily for the Timberwolves, the upcoming free agency class is full of championship level players. However, due to the amount of money going towards Love and center Nikola Pekovic, it is important for the team to acquire realistic free agents as well as talented ones. Two players who would both fill much needed position support and propel the team into the playoff picture are small forward Luol Deng and point guard Kyle Lowry. Deng, who has proved to be able to handle a high amount of offensive responsibility, would fit in perfectly with a team such as Minnesota who is in need of additional scoring and a defensive presence on the perimeter. Lowry would contribute instant game management and leadership qualities which the Timberwolves are currently searching for, as well as provide scoring from the outside while still maintaining a pass first mentality. The addition of Lowry would also allow the Timberwolves to shop current point guard Ricky Rubio in hopes of acquiring either a solid future draft pick or even another worthy role player. Deng and Lowry will both be unrestricted free agents this off season and would be perfect candidates for building a championship level team.
The Timberwolves desperately need to make some moves this off season to not only compete in future post seasons, but also to give Love a reason to stay in Minnesota.
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