The Timberwolves ended up losing their first-round pick to Warriors in the lottery, landing at No. 7 overall.
But president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas is staying positive nonetheless. Rosas cited center Karl-Anthony Towns and guard D’Angelo Russell as two reasons to believe. You can be sure guard Anthony Edwards, last year’s No. 1 overall pick, also factors into that equation.
“I think there’s excitement for the future and we’re looking forward to seeing how that comes together,” Rosas said, via Chris Hine of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “The finish to the season where our top guys were at, healthy and playing at the end of the year, our young players are developing, that excites us.”
Per Hine, the Timberwolves are prioritizing finding a power forward this offseason, likely via trade. They will also have some salary-cap flexibility, given that they won’t have to squeeze the money owed to a top-three pick onto the payroll.
The Timberwolves might make sense as a potential trade partner for the 76ers should the Sixers look to trade Ben Simmons, the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand wrote, adding that Simmons may actually be a better fit in Minnesota than he is in Philadelphia.