Minnesota will enter the upcoming NBA season as a dark horse team, but they could become a major contender in the Western Conference with a couple good signings this summer.
The Timberwolves have already made an offer to Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum and while they await the final word on his status, Minnesota still needs to add a shooting guard. The team didn't have a pick in last month's draft, making this summer very important in the future for this franchise.
The latest rumor from Jesse Dorsey suggests Minnesota tries to land shooting guard Leandro Barbosa of the Indiana Pacers. The 29-year-old split time between Toronto and Indiana last season and averaged 11 points per game on the year.
Barbosa started his NBA career in Phoenix and had four straight seasons where he averaged over 13 points per game, but recent years have seen the veteran coming off the bench and that has hurt his numbers. Minnesota needs a starter and the increase in playing time will have his per game average back to where it was with the Suns and that would benefit the young Timberwolves in the upcoming season.
Minnesota already has a solid front-court and adding Barbosa to play with Ricky Rubio would give the Timberwolves a terrific starting five. The bench would get stronger if Batum signs and that could have this team challenging for a spot in the Western Conference Playoffs this season.