Timberwolves are positioned for further success but know nothing is guaranteed

Leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping. In Minnesota, that’s known as fall. For new Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly, those environmental shifts mean something different altogether.

“You know basketball is right around the corner,” he said.

That hasn’t necessarily been something to celebrate in Minnesota over the past 18 years. But it is now. The start of Timberwolves training camp is an event. The anticipation for season is palpable, both from the team and the public.

That’s what happens when a team with a budding superstar and a strong core responds to a surprising 46-win season by adding a top-tier basketball executive and an all-star center, who might just be the best defensive player in the world.

“It just seemed like one big move after another this summer,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said.

Each won causing its own seismic shift within the NBA landscape, further announcing Minnesota’s arrival to the stage of relevance. The Timberwolves are stocked with the right mix of talent, experience and a now proven coach.

Last season, they achieved. Now, they plan to ascend.

Just how high is the only remaining question. The West will be better this season, as a number of previously injured star players in the conference return to action. But the Timberwolves have improved, as well. And they are now a year farther along in the building process under Finch, who Connelly called “one of the best and brightest…

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