Friday Hot Take 

Written By: Conner Pack 

The Minnesota Timberwolves will make the NBA playoffs next season. Here’s why, Thursday night the Chicago Bulls made a trade that nobody saw coming. This is what they did, the Bulls traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and seventh pick Lauri Markkanen. Now, the Bulls received some solid young talent, but it’s evident that they’re dismantling their team and starting over. With that being said, the Timberwolves were the clear winner in this deal. 

The Timberwolves for years now have been a team full of potential, loaded with incredibly young and exciting talent, but unable to put it all together and establish an identity. Last year, hiring Tom Thibedou to be head coach was a step in the right direction, however they still lacked leadership and had yet again another mediocre season, finishing 31-51. But at times there where flashes of what the future could be.  

Adding Jimmy Butler to this Timberwolves team is the best thing that could’ve happened for them. Butler brings veteran experience to a team that needs some leadership, if they want to take the next step. Right now, the Timberwolves already have two big time players in Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Two guys that have really came into their own over the past couple of seasons. 

– Final Thoughts 

I see the Timberwolves taking a major step forward this coming up season. As of right now, you could say they’re possibly the fourth or fifth best team in the west at the moment, behind the Warriors, Spurs, and Rockets. Thibedou’s always been a defense first coach, he’ll still hammer home his defensive philosophy but this team has the potential to be a great offensive team. Three guys Wiggins, Anthony-Towns, and now Butler who all can score 20 plus points each night. And if Rubio can stay health a point guard who loves to pass and create. They have the potential to be very explosive on offense. 

Overall, the Timberwolves in my opinion where the winners of draft night. They got an experienced player who can bring some guidance and leadership to a young exciting team. I’m very interested to see how this team will come together next season. 

Butler, Anthony-Towns, Wiggins (from sportscenter Facebook)
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