With Tom Thibodeau being in such high demand as a free agent coach, he knew that he had the chance to name his price and take personnel control of an organization. So when the Timberwolves called, he saw an opportunity where taking control of not only the coaching, but the players that are on the roster, could work out very well.
The Timberwolves are one of the youngest, up and coming teams in the NBA. With 2016 Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns tagging along with 2014 no. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves were already looking great coming into the 2016 Draft. Towns is coming off of a season with 18.3 PPG and 10.5 RPG. Those are numbers not seen since Tim Duncan. Then they came away with guard Kris Dunn out of Providence, and now they are in prime position to have their core roster set for the future.
Tom Thibodeau has a load of talented guards to work with that he can build into something greater a few years down the road. The Western Conference is loaded with talent, and Thibodeau knows that this Minnesota team is young but eventually will turn into a veteran loaded team.
He has to make a big decision at point guard. Kris Dunn is Thibodeau’s draft pick and provides a greater amount of shooting than Rubio, who is talking about mentoring Dunn. He showed that in the Summer League with 20+ point showings twice, and seems to be a dual-threat on offense.
This team has their two centerpieces in Wiggins and Towns. Where they would go wrong is not putting shooters around them. Free agency and trades is the next move for Thibodeau after this season. They picked up some veteran role players for their bench, but it seems like the organization has even greater veteran presence on their mind.
Remember when they almost traded for Jimmy Butler? They want some other great player to compliment this team so they can make that next run to true competitiveness in the West.