May 24, 2018, 11:22 pm
There are draft prospects who have declined workouts with the Wolves, according to a report from 1500ESPN radio’s Darren Wolfson.
“There are some draft prospects that fit the mold of who the Wolves should be looking at at 20 that won’t come in for a workout. Part of the reason is… Thibs won’t play rookies and the perception (of) the toxic environment that exists at Mayo Clinic Square.”
The perception Wolfson notes stems from the recent firings of Wolves’ assistants, the alleged disconnect between General Manager Scott Layden and Tom Thibodeau (which was neither confirmed, nor denied), the not-so-alleged disconnect between Karl-Anthony Towns and Tom Thibodaeu and the possible divide between the Chicago Bulls’ sector of the Wolves and the rest of the crew.
Wolfson acknowledges that not all of these issues are “reality,” but the perception in the national media is enough to cause some of these prospects to think twice about talking with the Wolves. While not all of the perceptions are true, it’s certainly concerning that this is a topic among a team that should be on the rise.
Fortunately this won’t stop the Wolves from bringing in plenty of other players. Further along the segment, Wolfson notes some of the prospects have already worked out for the Wolves on Tuesday, and more are slated to workout on Friday. Matur Maker and Alize Johnson were in on Tuesday, while two Pac-12 stars Reid Travis and Allonzo Trier are coming in on Friday.
The Wolves close their doors for pre-draft workouts, so info on who they bring in is sparse.
At the combine the Wolves had interviews with Grayson Allen, Bruce Brown, Anfernee Simons, Hamidou Diallo, Landry Shamert, Wendell Carter Jr. and Moe Wagner, and many others that went unconfirmed.
For the full podcast, check it out HERE. The Wolves’ talk begins around the 28 minute mark.