Current Record: 25-36, 12th in Western Conference
2012-2013 Potential Lineup:
Why Next Year is Different:
The Timberwolves were on the verge of breaking out this season until Ricky Rubio went down with a torn ACL that doomed the Wolves' playoff chances. At the time, Minnesota was a half game out of the eighth seed in the West. Now, they've lost nine games in a row and have little to play for this season.
As always, though, hope remains for next season.
The return of Rubio in his second pro year is a huge help, and giving Derrick Williams the offseason to get himself into starting small forward shape should only help him live up to his potential. Love is an MVP candidate, and Pekovic is quietly having a great second year.
If they choose not to match any offers for Beasley and let him walk along with the expiring contracts of Brad Miller and Martell Webster, the Wolves will have approximately $7 million in cap space to play with which could be used to bring in a veteran shooting guard like Jamal Crawford.
Minnesota was interested in Crawford in the offseason and before this year's trade deadline, and his scoring ability and veteran leadership would blend well with a young Wolves team.
A healthy Rubio, an emerging star in Williams, Kevin Love being Kevin Love and maybe a free agent or two could definitely spell a breakout year in the Twin Cities.