Even after a solid road win in Chicago on Tuesday night, the Timberwolves are just 7-18 this season, a half-game away from tying for the NBA’s worst overall record. Nonetheless, Tom Thibodeau‘s club isn’t giving up on 2016/17 yet, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who says that the team is looking to improve its roster and “trying to crawl off the mat.”
According to Windhorst, who was discussing the Wolves with Tom Haberstroh and Rachel Nichols during Tuesday’s episode of ESPN’s TrueHoop podcast, there are rumblings that the team is “starting to call around and looking to trade for frontcourt help” (hat tip to RealGM.com).
As Windhorst points out, the Wolves signed Jordan Hill and Cole Aldrich in the offseason to attempt to fortify its frontcourt rotation, but neither player is seeing all that much action early in the season. Aldrich has averaged 13.2 minutes per game, about in line with his career marks, while Hill has only appeared in three games, playing just 16 total minutes.
Minnesota has some other options off the bench, including Nemanja Bjelica and Adreian Payne, but the team’s lack of effective depth has put added pressure on starters Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng to play big minutes. Still, while adding a reliable veteran big man to their rotation would likely improve the Wolves’ frontcourt play, it’s hard to imagine the team doing anything drastic to upgrade its roster in the short term, given the results of its first 25 games.
If the Wolves do pursue a move sooner rather than later, they’ll have a few more options after today. As of December 15, offseason signees – including Hill, Aldrich, Brandon Rush, and John Lucas III – are eligible to be dealt.