The Minnesota Timberwolves made a blockbuster trade on Friday bringing in Rudy Gobert. This franchise is clearly all-in on chasing a ring, as they should be an elite team for years to come. In the trade, the front office dealt away Patrick Beverley, but it sounds like the franchise has already found a potential replacement.
According to Jon Krawczynski, the Timberwolves signed guard Bryn Forbes through free agency. Although he's a role player, Forbes will have a chance to earn a legitimate backup role behind D'Angelo Russell. So, Minnesota makes a big addition in the front court while giving a young point guard a chance to maintain the backcourt.
The Timberwolves have agreed to terms with Bryn Forbes, sources told @TheAthletic.
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) July 2, 2022
He doesn't bring the same tenacity on the defensive end as Beverley, but Bryn Forbes can be a solid shooter for the Timberwolves. At the very least, Minnesota picks up a nice rotational guard to help the bench squad. It's a smart move, as signing Forbes is a low-risk play that could pay off greatly. Especially considering he's in line to receiver more playing time than he's averaged throughout his career.
Although Minnesota will miss Patrick Beverley's perimeter defense, Rudy Gobert's elite defense overall makes up for it. So, it makes sense why the Timberwolves opted to sign Bryn Forbes, as he can elevate the offensive end while Gobert drastically increases the defense.
We'll see how it plays out, but the Timberwolves are making themselves a serious threat in the Western Conference after finalizing this Rudy Gobert trade. As long as the young players on the roster keep developing, the sky is the limit for this franchise.