It might be the “Dog Days of August,” a summer time period that headlines Major League Baseball and the National Football League preseason, but the National Basketball Association has completed their Summer League action in Las Vegas and training camp is approaching with a quickness.
I outlined the Golden State Warriors and the franchise’s possibilities in the 2017-18 regular season in a futures feature “2017-18 NBA Championship Futures: Can Warriors win 70 in ’17-18?“, something I understand to be realistic.
In the summary of the aforementioned championship futures piece I mention “In what could be labeled as a ho-hum regular slate a season ago, one in which the Warriors played without many of their key cogs, the franchise still won 67 games. When Golden State was at full strength, with their projected top-six player personnel dressed and available, they didn’t lose a game after the first week in November, save to the Cavaliers. Challenging 70-wins and earning a second straight NBA title is a minuscule 5-to-11 in WestGate’s latest futures update.”
Since trading away Kevin Love in August of 2014 the Minnesota Timberwolves have been preparing for future and according to many that time is now and moving forward. The Wolves approached this 2017 offseason with vigor and optimism and because of the transactions listed below have dramatically improved their roster.
During the 2017 NBA Draft, they added Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton through a trade with the Chicago Bulls. A list of some of the Timberwolves’ 2017 transactions are outlined below.
Date…..Player / Position / Transaction
8/1…….Anthony Brown / Small Forward / Signed as Free Agent
7/25…. Jamal Crawford / Guard-Forward / Signed as Free Agent
7/10…. Taj Gibson / Forward-Center / Signed as Free Agent
7/10…. Jeff Teague / Point Guard / Signed as Free Agent
7/1….. Omri Casspi / Forward / Declared Free Agency
7/1….. Adreian Payne / Power Forward / Declared Free Agency
7/1……Brandon Rush / Guard-Forward / Declared Free Agency
6/27… Jordan Hill / Forward-Center / Waived
6/22.. Jimmy Butler / Guard-Forward / Traded from Bulls, Part of five-player deal
6/22.. Justin Patton / Center / Traded from Bulls, Part of five-player deal
The Wolves reached agreements with Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson early in free agency after trading Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz to clear cap space and with an more talented starting rotation the club pushed their bench to the next level when agreeing to a two-year deal with uber sixth-man Jamal Crawford.
WestGate, the SuperBook of Las Vegas, has updated their 2017-18 NBA Propositions, a chart that presents the probability of the Warriors winning 67-games along with the postseason worthiness of the Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers.