MINNEAPOLIS -- Welcome back to the start.
When the Target Center emptied for a final time during the 2012-13 season April 17, the needs for the team sauntering off the floor were readily apparent.
Get healthy. Get bigger. Get deeper. Get shooting. Get defense.
Get better. Much, much better.
Since then, a front-office regime change has brought an aggressive roster-building approach, which culminated in the past couple days as a busy free agency period came to a head. Holes have been plugged, money's exchanged hands, pieces have been moved, and the finished product is almost complete.
Between the NBA Draft and subsequent free-agent signings of Chase Budinger, Corey Brewer, and Kevin Martin, new president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has built a machine with plenty of interchangeable parts. She's expected to run much better than the one that fizzled to a 31-51 record last year.
"We had people we had targeted and what we wanted to do, and we pretty ...