In the first half of the season, the Timberwolves looked like a team that was on the brink of contending for a playoff spot in the rugged Western Conference, led by their face of the franchise, Kevin Love, and emerging talent Ricky Rubio.
After a 21-20 record in the first 41 games, it seemed the Timberwolves would end their eight-year playoff drought—until Rubio sustained a torn ACL on March 9.
From that point on, the Timberwolves played like the team everybody had known and loved throughout the 2000s, with a 5-20 mark down the stretch.
After another losing season, general manager David Kahn had to do something to please his superstar and made plenty of moves.
In the end, the Wolves exiled players who were not living up to their potential (Michael Beasley, Wes Johnson, Darko Milicic) and replaced them with pieces that could lead to better days (Brandon Roy, Nikola Pekovic, Alexey Shved).
It figures to be another exciting season for the Timberwolves, and there are plenty of questions to be answered as they enter the 2012-13 season. Here are the eight biggest facing the team.