Tom Thibodeau is the new head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he is thrilled about the roster as currently constructed. It will interesting to see what kind of additions are made over the summer. One man that the Timberwolves should seriously consider signing is Joakim Noah. Karl-Anthony Towns is a power forward capable of playing center, and Noah would allow him to fully utilize his abilities.
Thibodeau already has a lot of young firepower in place on this team. Ricky Rubio will thrive defensively in a new system, and Andrew Wiggins will become a superstar in the next couple years with the right work ethic. Thibodeau can provide that, and the Timberwolves should be a perennial playoff team in short order.
Noah would be a great fit in Minnesota for many reasons. He would provide a defensive foundation that would carry on for years to come, and this would enable Towns and Wiggins to focus on scoring points. Noah would be reunited with Thibodeau, and the center didn’t get along well with Fred Hoiberg in the coach’s first year with the Chicago Bulls. Hoiberg mentioned to the media in the preseason that Noah had suggested the idea of coming off the bench, and Joakim refuted that claim only days later.
It was clearly a messy situation, and Noah should probably look to switch teams at this point. It was unfortunate that a shoulder injury limited his production off the bench, but that shouldn’t be an issue for him going forward.
Minnesota would be the perfect fit for him, and Thibodeau would certainly love having a vocal veteran on the team to help teach his defensive schemes. Even if Noah came off the bench for them, he would respect the decision coming from Thibodeau. The Timberwolves are building something special, and Noah would be wise to get in on the ground floor.