With no cap space and a relatively full roster already, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to have a tough time recruiting substantial talent in free agency.
What might make this offseason period even more difficult for the Timberwolves is the uncertain fate of Kevin Love. Free agents generally like to have an idea of who they'll be playing with and whether the team will have a shot at contending, and with a Love trade potentially looming, it's hard for everyone to get a real solid feel for where Minnesota is going.
That holds true for Minnesota head coach and executive Flip Saunders, as well. It's hard to invest in a free agent when you don't know what a trade package for Love will return. You also don't want to add a lengthy contract to the books if clearing cap space and rebuilding turns out to be the smartest path to take.
With that in mind, Minnesota's free-agency big board should be full of players willing to sign smaller deals for fewer years. Since Minnesota doesn't have cap room to play with and isn't a contender, the quality of talent will likely take a dip as a result.
Let's take a look at five realistic targets for the Timberwolves to pursue as they get their situation with Love squared away.