Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau seems determined to recapture his glory days from the Chicago Bulls by bringing the band back together.
He already has Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson on his books and they could reportedly be joined by two of their former Bulls teammates.
According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski, the T-Wolves have interest in signing Luol Deng and Joakim Noah.
The former secured a buyout from the Los Angeles Lakers just days ago and has become a free agent.
Meanwhile, Noah is still waiting to find out if he has any future with the New York Knicks under new head coach David Fizdale.
The veteran fell out with former coach Jeff Hornacek and was seemingly on his way out last year.
His days with the Knicks have been numbered for some time and it’ll be a surprise if he lasts the entire season with the franchise.
Krawczynski reported earlier in the summer that Minnesota would be interested in the duo if they became available.
Now that Deng is officially on the market, it would be no surprise if his next stop is to be Minneapolis.
The 33-year-old had two years left on his contract but he and the Lakers mutually agreed to part ways.
He accepted $29 million for the remainder of his deal and chose to leave $7.5m on the table as he’s determined to continue his career elsewhere.
The two-time All-Star endured a frustrating 2017-18 season as he played just one game.
A reunion with Thibodeau now looks likely as he enjoyed his best years playing under him in Chicago.
His All-Star appearances came in back-to-back seasons in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
But it’s been a considerable amount of time since that successful period with the Bulls and question marks will be raised about the direction of the Timberwolves if they acquire Deng and/or Noah.
They’re certainly not the moves you’d expect from a team looking to contend in the Western Conference and it won’t excite the fans in Minnesota.
But as the head coach and president of basketball operations, Thibodeau has total control over personnel decisions.
So if he’s keen to work with Deng again, the chances are high that he’ll make it happen.
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