As sixteen NBA teams do battle in the first round of the playoffs, the Timberwolves begin their offseason. Kahn had his presser (which was tragically-devoid of Kahnisms), we looked back on the season that was, and each player now departs for his offseason home. Over the next few months, Wolves fans will talk draft and free agency, and even spend some quality time with the trade machine. The team faces upcoming roster turnover for the umpteenth consecutive year that could range from cutting bait with their expirings (Miller/Webster/Beasley/Randolph) to more drastic changes like a Derrick Williams trade–which would probably involve contract fillers like Ridnour or Barea– for a high-quality but expensive wing.
No matter which course Kahn & co take, there will certainly be some incumbent Wolves on next year’s roster. Ricky and Love aren’t going anywhere. Barring an unforeseen trade, Pekovic will be back, and there’s no guarantees that the team will be able to give away Wes Johnson who remains under contract. And so with returning personnel comes the task of DEVELOPING that personnel. And that task belongs primarily to one Billy Bayno. Continue reading