The Minnesota Timberwolves went all-in in the offseason.
The Rudy Gobert trade pretty much broke the market, as most scouts thought they vastly overpaid for the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
His pairing next to Karl-Anthony Towns was going to be an interesting experiment, to say the least.
And the early returns are far from encouraging.
If anything, it seems like it’s only made both players worse, not better.
Now, with Towns out with an injury, it seems like the Timberwolves have officially hit rock bottom.
More than that, things don’t seem to be all that good in the locker room, as one can tell by backup big man Naz Reid‘s latest comments:
“Not really. We know. We know. We know why,” Reid said after a players-only meeting, per The Athletic’s Jon Krawczysnki. “And you know, I’m gonna kind of keep that in house. But we know why. That’s why I said before, I feel like we can change this. We know we can change it. So we just got to buy into the things that we know.”
Naz Reid when asked is it a mystery to the players why the Timberwolves are underachieving:
“Not really. We know. We know. We know why. And you know, I’m gonna kind of keep that in house. But we know why.”
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So, what is he talking about?
Are the players and the front office not on the same page?
Is coach Finch on the hot seat?
Or maybe it’s a locker room issue?
Whatever the case, the Timberwolves are 16-21, and it’s evident that the issues run deeper than what one can tell by the eye-test.
So, will they blow things up and call it a day already?
I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned.