General Manager David Kahn has said in a recent report that despite another season in turmoil for fans and players of the Minnesota Timberwolves, he assures the Wolves will contend for the playoffs next season. The past two seasons the Wolves have collected just 32 wins total (17 so far this season), but Kahn believes he’s built a winner.
Minnesota isn’t the most attractive place for free agents, what with the weather and location as well as the market-size, however Kahn feels the weather is overstated. Players like Luke Ridnour who decided to sign here last season (however he was offered 4-years and $16 million). Michael Beasley has stated in previous reports that he loves being in Minnesota much more than being in Miami the previous two seasons. Reports also say that Randolph was excited to get to come to Minnesota to play (however, the fact that he was going to be able to play at all). Kevin Love will also most likely be resigned to a lengthy and large contract depending on the lockout.
The big question is whether the Wolves can lure a free agent who can fill their holes and help return them to contenders in the West. The Timberwolves tried, last season to sign David Lee (before he was traded to Golden State) and Rudy Gay (before he signed that big deal with Memphis).
Unless the T’Wolves improve on both ends of the floor (especially the defensive end) then they’ll have no chance of winning 25 or more games. Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t be sure the Wolves will be contending next season, especially in the loaded West.