Tim Connelly Rumors
Chris Hine: Timberwolves President Tim Connelly has released a statement regarding Anthony Edwards’ use of homophobic language in an Instagram video: “We are disappointed in the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media. The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused to so many.”
“We’re trying to redefine how the league views us,” Connelly said. “We knew we gave up a lot, but the hardest thing to find is elite talent and elite happy talent is even harder to find.” So the Wolves won the trade? “You don’t know if a trade is good or bad for years,” Connelly said. “The metric we’re going to really focus on: Is our team better? Can we be better than we were last year? Can we play more meaningful playoff series? Can we advance? It’s a lot to ask. It won’t be easy or seamless. I’m sure there will be some clunky moments initially. But we felt like we took a huge step forward with the acquisition of Rudy.”
Appearing on The Scoop podcast with Darren Wolfson of SKOR North and 5 Eyewitness News, Glen Taylor said new Wolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly had his eye on multiple impact trade targets, but Gobert was his “number one option.” The input of head coach Chris Finch, who expressed confidence in his ability to use Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, was also a key factor in Minnesota’s decision to pull the trigger on the blockbuster deal. “What I did when Tim and Chris talked to me about this trade is to ask (Finch) is there a system that he knows how to utilize these players,” Taylor said. “And he was very confident that he did understand how to utilize their skill sets, being two big guys. We talked about a lot, so he convinced me that this is something that is going to take us to a winning situation, and gave us the go-ahead to make the trade.”
I think a lot of it’s the same. I think Tim and I talked a lot of basketball, and we knew that we need to improve defensively and try to get more versatile. Find that guy that can shoot and guard in the starting lineup that didn’t necessarily need the ball. I think — with COVID the last couple of years and injuries and everything — we ended up with a little bit smaller team than we probably envisioned a few years ago. So, we tried to get bigger on the perimeter and stuff. That was a goal this summer.