Not much is expected of the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. Their first-year general manager, David Kahn, admits as much.
But now the Wolves will enter the first month of the NBA schedule without forward Kevin Love, who fractured a bone in his hand during Friday’s preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls. He’s expected to be out for six weeks.
Love, who had his share of critics when the Wolves acquired him in the O.J. Mayo trade on draft day last year, had a solid rookie campaign. He nearly averaged a double-double, netting 11 points and 9 rebounds per game.
The Wolves have some depth, but that doesn’t mean its good depth. Expect forward Sasha Pavlovic, Ryan Gomes and Damien Wilkins to get more playing time in place of Love.
This is going to be a rough year, Wolves fans. But this team will clear quite a bit of salary-cap space heading into next offseason. Plus, Kahn has done a nice job of stockpiling first-round draft picks (some with strings attached). That’s quite the turnaround from just a couple years ago, when this team had a lot of bad contracts and very few first-round picks.