Breaking news: Tom Thibodeau doesn't want to win anytime soon. Or, in other words, he's trying to bring back his old Chicago Bulls team for an ill-advised revival in the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Timberwolves head coach, who is also their president of basketball operations, is apparently interested in signing... drumroll, please!
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.
This might've been an excellent idea back in 2014. But now? Luol Deng and Joakim Noah just aren't the same players who helped lead the Bulls on a handful of playoff runs. Deng nowadays is known for his ludicrous contract with the Lakers and failing to perform in limited minutes, far from his All-Star form in 2012.
Noah is more known for airballing free throws and getting caught butt-naked in public than for being an MVP candidate and Defensive Player of the Year four seasons ago. His contract with the New York Knicks has been the subject of great ridicule, and he hasn't been able to stay even remotely healthy.
Coach Thibs perhaps is just trying to add steady veteran presences around Jimmy Butler to convince him to stay next season amid his reported frustrations with young guns Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. While on the surface he is confident that Butler will stay in Minnesota beyond this season, he's right to be wary and consider all options.
He just needs to find a better one than this.
Tom Thibodeau not worried about Jimmy Butler leaving: “The winning will take care of that” https://t.co/SLxGJgXQNx— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) August 28, 2018
If Thibodeau wants to build a better team, signing Deng and Noah is the exact opposite of what he should be doing, full stop. Are the wheels about to come off in Minnesota? At this point, we can't rule that out.