5 Steps To A Minnesota Timberwolves Rebuild

5 Steps To A Minnesota Timberwolves Rebuild

5 Steps To a Minnesota Timberwolves Rebuild
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are likely days away from trading their future Hall-of-Fame forward Kevin Love, which means the team is now looking towards the future compared to the present. Flip Saunders hired himself as the team's head coach, and with the hire of Sam Mitchell as an assistant, it looks like Saunders will only be at the helm for a year or two. The team is entering rebuild mode, and should go about it in these five steps.

1. Trade Kevin Love

Step 1. Trade Kevin Love
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1. Trade Kevin Love

Step 1. Trade Kevin Love
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The inevitable first step to the rebuild will be trading Kevin Love. The Wolves reportedly have plenty of offers on the table, but the most enticing one for a rebuilding franchise is with the Boston Celtics if picks No. 6 and 17 are on the table. If the Timberwolves could trade Love for Jared Sullinger and the Celtics' two first-round picks, they would be in a great position to draft numerous high-upside players at positions of need.

2. Trade Nikola Pekovic

Step 2. Trade Nikola Pekovic
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2. Trade Nikola Pekovic

Step 2. Trade Nikola Pekovic
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While I'll be sad to see the Monster from Montenegro leave, Nikola Pekovic is under contract for another four years and at just million per, he should be an enticing player for many contending teams. The Timberwolves need to make minutes available for Gorgui Dieng, who averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds the last month of the season, and trading Pekovic is an important step in the rebuild.

3. Take a Chance

Step 3. Take a Chance
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3. Take a Chance

Step 3. Take a Chance
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Rebuilding a franchise is never easy as it takes both patience and a bit of luck, the latter being something the Timberwolves need desperately. As it stands, they don't have a franchise player to build around, which means they'll need to draft one in the next year or two. While the risk is high, the Wolves are going to need to take a chance in the upcoming draft and select a player with a high ceiling, like Zach LaVine or Dario Saric.

4. Play the Youngsters -- A Lot

Step 4. Play the Youngsters, A Lot
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4. Play the Youngsters -- A Lot

Step 4. Play the Youngsters, A Lot
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This is the reason why Saunders hired himself. The Wolves will be playing their younger players a lot over the next couple of seasons, and quite frankly, it could get ugly. The players on the current roster who should be seeing major minutes next season include Ricky Rubio, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. Those three, along with whomever the team drafts on Thursday, should see plenty of minutes in 2014 so they can grow and develop together.

5 Make Coaching Change and Fill Holes

Step 5. Make Coaching Change and Fill Holes
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5 Make Coaching Change and Fill Holes

Step 5. Make Coaching Change and Fill Holes
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Corey Brewer is an example of a perfect offseason signing who filled a hole on the roster and helped this team win. The Timberwolves will hopefully solidify their starting five through trades and the coming drafts, but in three years when they're ready to compete, they will likely hand the coaching reins over to Sam Mitchell and sign a player or two who fills a hole and helps the team get to that next level.

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