Thibs Strikes Again: Minnesota Timberwolves Want Deng and Noah

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Luol Deng #9 and Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls walk off of the court following their 71-69 loss against the Boston Celtics during the game on February 13, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Feb. 12, 2013 - Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)

The Minnesota Timberwolves recently broke their streak of 13 years without making it to the playoffs, even though they were summarily bounced by the juggernaut Houston Rockets.

Now, with the offseason winding down to a trickle of news and workout videos, the Minnesota Timberwolves are back in the limelight with news about the team’s coach and top executive Tom Thibodeau wanting to add some familiar faces to the roster.

During his second season at the helm of both head coaching and GM’ing duties for the Wolves, Thibodeau brought along some familiar faces like Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and, later in the year, Derrick Rose.

Recent rumors paired the Minnesota Timberwolves with another former Bull, Luol Deng, who was recently waived by the Los Angeles Lakers in unsurprising fashion.

Acquiring Deng makes sense, especially if the reports of his decelerating skill set have been exaggerated, and he plays an important and scarce position at the small forward spot. With Deng on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, only one player would need to be added to return the team to the Thibodeau-led Bulls heyday.

That’s right, there’s a rumor (courtesy The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski) circulating that Thibs wants the one and only Joakim Noah on the Wolves to fully create the hybridized, Frankenstein-esque Timber-Bulls.

Noah was certainly an important part of the Bulls culture in the early 2010s, but it seems very clear that his best days are behind him. With an astonishingly gifted offensively inclined big man already on the roster in Karl-Anthony Towns, the addition of Noah would seem to be a curious one.

There’s plenty of drama surrounding the Wolves already this offseason with Towns’s apparent dissatisfaction with the franchise as well as the impending free agency of Jimmy Buckets. Adding the fiery Noah to the mix along with many of his former teammates might turn this powder keg into a smoldering explosion.

No matter what happens with the Minnesota Timberwolves (or Timber-Bulls), Kirk Hinrich and Carlos Boozer better keep their phones off silent.