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On Thursday night, Karl-Anthony Towns and a new Wolves front office took a big step in their commitment to building a winning team.
Kyle Anderson spent four seasons in San Antonio before playing the last four with Memphis. Anderson averaged 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals, 0.7 blocks in 21.5 minutes per game.
Don't expect the Timberwolves to be throwing around contracts like other teams. Roster changes for the coming season will likely come in other ways.
It's a draft class President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and coach Chris Finch are not burdening with expectations to contribute immediately.
The Timberwolves got a jump-start on free agency by keeping forward Taurean Prince from hitting the open market.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch cited young guard Jaylen Nowell in a group of promising young, cornerstone players like Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels.
With the draft over, now the Wolves turn their attention from one chaotic event to the other. Near the top of Tim Connelly's to-do list for the offseason is figuring out what's going to happen with point guard D'Angelo Russell.
Their first pick was Auburn center Walker Kessler at No. 22.
Walker Kessler's college coach, Bruce Pearl, says the center is able to defend multiple positions along the perimeter and has a good shooting form despite lackluster numbers.
The Timberwolves originally were set to pick at No. 19, but swung deals with Memphis and Houston to eventually pick at Nos. 22 (Walker Kessler) and 29 (Wendell Moore Jr.).
The first round begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in Brooklyn. N.Y.
Tim Connelly will have four picks at his disposal on Thursday night as he makes his first major moves as the Timberwolves president of basketball operations.
The Wolves have the 19th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, here are four players that might be on their radar.
Chet Holmgren, the seven-footer from Minnehaha Academy, said it doesn't much matter if he is the top pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
New President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly is arriving at the first crucial stretch of his tenure after being on the job for less than a month. He answered questions about the challenges ahead.
The former Minnehaha Academy and Gonzaga center is projected to go at or near top of the draft on Thursday.
Matt Lloyd will get a promotion in title as he moves from Florida to Minnesota.
After being hired away from the Denver Nuggets, Connelly will hit the ground running with the NBA draft approaching quickly.
This is the second time Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns has made an All-NBA team in his seven-year career, making him eligible for a lucrative contract extension.
Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore made it their mission to find a top-tier executive with a proven track record. Former Denver executive Tim Connelly is their choice as president of basketball operations.
Glen Taylor, as current controlling owner, has final say in potential hiring of Tim Connelly as President of Basketball Operations after Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez targeted Connelly for the job.
Wolves ownership has been looking to reel in a big name to run its basketball operations, and the organization is seeking Denver's Tim Connelly, sources have confirmed.
Karl-Anthony Towns underwent stem cell treatment and platelet-rich plasma injections for multiple injuries the center played through late in the season.
Steve Senior worked in player development for the Grizzlies.
Timberwolves play-by-play announcer Dave Benz said he will not be returning as the team's play-by-play announcer after 10 seasons in that role.
A look at 16 of the team's players, with contract statuses and likely roles and goals as the Wolves try to keep improving and prepare for next season.
The Wolves know they won't surprise anybody next season in a Western Conference that figures to be tougher than it was this season.
Head coach Chris Finch and and Sachin Gupta have helped each other run the team since the firing of Gersson Rosas. Both would like to see their partnership continue.
D'Angelo Russell is eligible to receive a contract extension this summer, but in the most crucial moment of the season in Game 6, the Timberwolves kept him on the bench.
Any season that doesn't end in a championship is bound to end in some form of disappointment, but what was frustrating for the Wolves was they did this to themselves.
A quick look at Friday's series finale.
The forward is an unrestricted free agent after the season and said the team's camaraderie and coach Chris Finch are two reasons he'd like to come back.
Memphis leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 as the teams meet Friday night in Game 6 at Target Center.
The Wolves built the best offense in the league this season with a free-flowing scheme that requires pace and ball movement. But those skills have often deserted them in the final minutes of this playoff series.
Once again, the Wolves were left to pick up the pieces from a game they led for most of the night, they should have won and for which they no one but themselves to blame for losing.
The Grizzlies guard hit 15 three-pointers combined in Games 3 and 4. He has been open because the Timberwolves have focused on stopping Ja Morant.
The series is more complicated than one statistic, but when the Wolves have kept the Grizzlies off the offensive glass, they have won. Will that hold true for Game 5?
Karl-Anthony Towns was on fire start to finish — from the Wolves' opening three-pointer to the free throws that closed out the Grizzlies — in the 119-118 victory. He finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said he apologized to the team in Friday's film session for not calling a timeout during a 21-0 Memphis run.
The Wolves have taken pride in their ability to bounce back from losses all season. They've never had to rebound from one quite like Thursday's collapse.
Ahead of the Grizzlies by 26 points in the first quarter and 25 in the third, the Timberwolves disappointed their fans in an epic way.
Their focus has been on stopping Grizzlies guard Ja Morant from getting into the paint, but that's easier said than done. Morant's quickness and leaping ability are like few others in the NBA.
Coach Chris Finch said smooth ball movement was a problem after the Wolves recorded only 16 assists as a team in Game 2 of their series against the Grizzlies.
Edwards wasn't satisfied with his turnovers and shot selection but vowed to learn from it. Towns said the leg kick, which caused him to commit a foul, can be part of his shooting motion.
Former Apple Valley star Tyus Jones insists it didn't matter to him that the regular season ended with a chance for him to come home and face former team in the playoffs.
The Timberwolves said all the right things ahead of Game 2. But the talk wasn't backed up by how they played in their 124-96 loss to Memphis, which evened the series at one game apiece.
A quick look at Tuesday night's loss.
Guard Patrick Beverley told the team it can't get too high or too low in a playoff series.
The Timberwolves guard shook off a slow start to the season and rounded into form after the All-Star break by investing in team over himself.
In their first playoff game, Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels were standouts in the upset win over the second-seeded Grizzlies.
Combining for 65 points, Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves to a stunning 130-117 victory over Memphis in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series.
Given his incandescent smile and the unflappable bravado of his game, it might seem Edwards knew from the moment he picked up a basketball he was headed for the NBA.
After stopping the Grizzlies' Ja Morant, Jaden McDaniels dropped a pivotal basket from the corner in the final two minutes.
A quick look at Game 1 of the playoff series with the Grizzlies.
The Wolves went from a 4-9 record at the start of the season to the No. 7 seed thanks to resiliency in the face of difficulties throughout the season.
Memphis led the NBA in offensive rebounding while the Wolves were one of the worst defensive rebounding teams.
Karl-Anthony Towns entered a huddle of media Thursday knowing he had to answer for his performance in the Wolves' play-in victory over the Clippers. He didn't duck.
Timberwolves backup point guard Jordan McLaughlin didn't play against the Clippers despite a strong second half of the season.
The NBA fined Patrick Beverley in reaction to the veteran's "inappropriate statements during a media interview and on social media" after Tuesday's play-in win over the Clippers.
D'Angelo Russell's shot-making and the team's aggressive defense could hold the key in a playoff series against Memphis.
After Karl-Anthony Towns fouled out, the Wolves used a 16-2 run to defeat the Clippers and advance to the playoffs against Memphis.
Sachin Gupta and coach Chris Finch, who received a four-year contract extension Monday, have a long history of working together from when they were in the Rockets organization.
The Timberwolves lost three times to the Clippers earlier this season, but both teams have made many adjustments since then.
The team announced Chris Finch's deal a day before it has an NBA play-in game at home against the Clippers. Assistant coaches got extensions, too.
Los Angeles overcame lengthy absences for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George because of injuries to reach the doorstep to the playoffs.
The Timberwolves lost to the Chicago Bulls 124-120 in their final regular season game, but in a welcome change for the franchise more meaningful games are coming.
A quick look at the regular-season finale.
The center has had 10-day contracts with the Wolves, Wizards, Bucks and Jazz this season, and he'll add size and postseason experience in his second stint with the team.
Both teams will move on after Sunday's regular-season finale, which has no bearing on the playoffs or play-in games.
Whatever happens with their postseason situation, the Wolves know fixing the defense quickly is their top priority after yielding more than 130 points in four of their last five games.
Both the Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs are looking to improve their playoff seeds in Thursday's game.
It has been a while since the Wolves lost a game they shouldn't have to a lesser opponent. Tuesday against a Washington team without Bradley Beal, Minnesota allowed 72 points in the paint.
He had been out since March 14 with a high left ankle sprain.
The Wolves only had six offensive rebounds, well below their season average of 11.3.
The point guard has been key to the second-half resurgence of the team's bench; coach Chris Finch says, "He's been one of our best players, period."