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5 Post-Draft Moves the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Make

Minnesota Timberwolves: 5 Post-Draft Moves to Make

Minnesota Timberwolves: 5 Post-Draft Moves to Make
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the more intriguing teams to keep an eye on this summer as it's nearly a foregone conclusion that Kevin Love will be moved before the trade deadline if not sooner. The Wolves of course would be thrilled to extend their lone All-Star, which means this is one of the most important offseasons in years for the franchise and their fans.

5. Acquire Backup Power Forward

Acquire Back-up Power Forward
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5. Acquire Backup Power Forward

Acquire Back-up Power Forward
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The Timberwolves have been thin at the power forward position for years, and if they trade Love during the offseason they'll have a huge hole to fill. They will likely get a starter of lesser talent in return, but Dante Cunningham is an unrestricted free agent and may not be back with the team given recent arrests. A few players to keep an eye on are Jan Vesely and DeJuan Blair.

4. Trade J.J. Barea

Trade J.J. Barea
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4. Trade J.J. Barea

Trade J.J. Barea
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J.J. Barea was an odd signing back in 2011, and so far the Timberwolves' backup point guard has done nothing more than inject energy and see his skills decline. Every once in a while Barea gets hot and wins a game late, but more often than not he's a spotty shooter who makes just 38 percent of his shots, turns the ball over and is a liability on defense. The sooner he goes, the quicker Zach LaVine gets point guard minutes and develops his game.

3. Extend or Trade Kevin Love

Extend or Trade Kevin Love
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3. Extend or Trade Kevin Love

Extend or Trade Kevin Love
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Although Kevin Love is under contract for one more year, time is running out before the Minnesota Timberwolves have little to no leverage in trading their All-Star forward. Prior to the season starting teams are more willing to move big-name prospects for cornerstone players like Love, so it's imperative the Timberwolves either find a way to keep him with a max contract or trade the disgruntled star before the 2014 season begins.

2. Offer Contract to Lance Stephenson

Offer Contract to Lance Stephenson
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2. Offer Contract to Lance Stephenson

Offer Contract to Lance Stephenson
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The Minnesota Timberwolves failed to play good enough defense to make the playoffs in 2013, so the current offseason should be spent bringing in defensive-minded players who can make a difference. Whether you like Lance Stephenson's on-court antics this past playoffs or not, he's a tough-nosed player who will bring the intensity and leadership this team needs to take the next step. He's a restricted free agent, but trying never hurts.

1. Hire Shooting Coach for Ricky Rubio

Hire Shooting Coach for Ricky Rubio
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1. Hire Shooting Coach for Ricky Rubio

Hire Shooting Coach for Ricky Rubio
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Ricky Rubio is one of the rising point guards in the NBA, but if he can't develop a consistent jumper he'll never live up to expectations. He misses far too many shots at the rim, and although he hit a decent 33 percent of his three-point shots last season, he must become a legitimate threat from deep if he wants to ever sign a max contract like the Timberwolves initially planned when drafting the uber-talented Spanish teenager.

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