The Minnesota Timberwolves executed arguably one of the biggest trades in the offseason as they acquired All-Star center Rudy Gobert. That was a bit surprising from a fan’s perspective because there was no inkling that Minnesota was interested to give up the full house for another star big man alongside Karl-Anthony Towns.
Depth will be a definite issue for Minnesota because they traded some of their reliable role players, like Jarred Vanderbilt and Patrick Beverley. Head coach Chris Finch will have that glaring problem magnified when one of the main guys starts missing a couple of weeks or a month, thus the bench must be bolstered through the movement of these two players from their current roster.
It was surprising for the Timberwolves to not include the name of D’Angelo Russell in the Rudy Gobert trade as they sacrificed rotational pieces in the deal. The talent and abilities of Russell are exceptional, but it is his inability to thrive in Minnesota’s system that has been a question mark for the franchise. The subpar defensive prowess is the obvious weakness that puts Finch in a tough position because Russell was being hunted in pick-and-roll situations numerous times.
D’Angelo Russell was benched in some playoff contests because of his defense and with him on an expiring $31 million deal, it seems unlikely he will stay in Minnesota for the same amount.