The Minnesota Timberwolves are going big-name fishing to add a star this offseason. But the stars they are looking for right now aren’t on the court. They’re in the front office.
The Timberwolves are looking into Tim Connelly, the Denver Nuggets’ president, for the same role in Minnesota. According to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic, the conversations with Connelly are the most extensive among the franchise’s initial wishlist.
Dane Moore of Bring Me The News reported that Timberwolves owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez have their sights set on some of the biggest names across NBA front offices, including the Miami Heat’s Pat Riley, the Golden State Warriors’ Bob Myers and the Toronto Raptors’ Masai Ujiri. He added that the Wolves have been linked to Connelly since the summer.
Ever since they came aboard, even before Rosas was fired, they set the bar high, as @DaneMooreNBA says here. But the discussions with Connelly represent the most extensive to date. https://t.co/0GNTNb5N0f
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) May 19, 2022
The Timberwolves, who fired their president of basketball operations in September, have a very intriguing situation. Their team features young stars like Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards as well as other solid youngsters like D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and Jaden McDaniels. They also have a strong amount of draft capital.
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Prying away one of the big names from another team seems very difficult. Every name on the list has a good team in place except for Sam Presti of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who has an endless supply of draft picks to power the team’s rebuild. The Timberwolves have a very solid foundation that could attract a big name in a less favorable situation, though.
Minnesota is positioned to succeed better than they have in a long time. Their ownership group has to find a great executive to take advantage of it.