For many people, Labor Day weekend usually marks the end of their summer. For NBA fans, Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the dog days of summer, as star players begin to trickle back to their place of employment for workouts, media availability, and in the Wolves case — hopefully to sign a massive max contract extension (more on that in a bit).
As my guy Josh mentioned yesterday, very little Wolves-related kahntent occurred in August (or at least positive, fact-based kahntent). With August now behind us, it’s officially time again to start thinking about our favorite professional basketball team as they prepare for what projects to be the most exciting season in franchise history (for better or worse).
Let’s take a quick look at some of the latest rumblings surrounding the Timberwolves.
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With a few roster spots still up for grabs, the Wolves are one of a handful of NBA teams still looking to fill out the back end of their roster. According to Darren Wolfson, that could change by the end of the week:
Scoop that didn't make podcast episode 171, but I can elaborate on in episode 172 later this week: #Twolves are hosting some recognizable names for free agent workouts this week. Among those here, I am told: Nick Young, Arron Afflalo and Corey Brewer. #AllEyesNorth pic.twitter.com/beM3BoTNHH— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) September 4, 2018
Considering the three most recent NBA free agent signings involved players name Darius Morris, Chimezie Metu, and Ben Moore, I am all for the Wolves trying out vets who 1) at least have one serviceable skill and 2) don’t have the same name as create-a-players in NBA2K.
Similar to Loul Deng (33) and Joakim Noah (33), all three of these players listed above are in their early 30’s and are clearly one or two years away from traveling overseas or downgrading supervisors from Adam Silver to Ice Cube. Regardless, we’ve seen these guys contribute recently, whether it be offensively (Nick Young), defensively (Corey Brewer), or physically (Aaron Afflalo). Moreover, if any of them actually do sign and do earn minutes over guys like Josh Okogie or Keita Bates-Diop, it probably says more about the rookies lack of development than it does the head coach’s questionable rotations.
The other most notable Minnesota-related story of the last week or so is the announcement that the Wolves will be bringing back the green tree jerseys in celebration of their 30th year as a NBA franchise. As my buddy Drew pointed out, these “Classic” uniforms honor the most successful period in franchise history, including the Wolves lone trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2003-2004.
A noteworthy tidbit buried at the end of that press release is that in addition to these latest Classic uniforms, the Wolves will be unveiling TWO additional uniforms for the 2018-2019 season. As our pals at Wolvescast point out, that means the current wardrobe selection for the upcoming year looks like this:
Four of the six (!) jerseys the Timberwolves will wear for the ’18-’19 season. pic.twitter.com/v4N5iwK1oB— Wolvescast (@wolvescast) August 30, 2018
In my personal opinion, the grey uniforms were easily the worst of the bunch last year (yes, even worse than the Seahawk-green ones), but it is fairly ironic (and totally Timberwolves) to abandon the one jersey worn during their playoff-clinching win over the Denver Nuggets.
The Wolves won’t dawn their Classic threads until October 31, and considering all the turmoil surrounding the team lately, I’m not exactly sure who will be wearing that uniform come Halloween. However, I do know that I want/need one for my collection, and if you feel the same way as I do, preorders for the throwback are now available on the Wolves Store website:
And with that said... that’s about it. Andrew Wiggins is going to be a father soon, so congrats to young Maple Jordan.
Speaking of Canadians, our own Tyus Jones has been working out with Steve Nash as of late, and that’s never a bad thing. The Wolves 2019 starting PG has been bulking up a bit this offseason, and any tips he can take from the Suns legend will benefit him greatly going forward:
Finally, at the timing of this post, there are approximately 970 hours remaining for the Wolves to re-sign Karl-Anthony Towns to a max contract extension before he would officially become a restricted free agent. The deadline is technically over a month away, and Towns is currently busy working out in LA, so I’m not overly concerned as of yet, but the keyword here is definitely “yet.” Let’s hope a simple situation isn’t overly complicated based on the egos of replaceable characters.
You got anything else? Did I miss anything? Comment below and let me know any other Wolves-related nonsense you’ve read/heard about as of late. Let’s keep each other entertained until spring training commences.