He is now the sixth former Chicago Bull—if you include Aaron Brooks—who was brought in by T-Wolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, joining John Lucas III, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Derrick Rose in the current lineup.
With Thibodeau acquiring Deng, social media has blown up and dubbed this team the Timber-Bulls because of the former's obvious preference for his ex-wards in Chicago. Even Joakim Noah, who last played more than 50 games when he was still with the Bulls, is said to be garnering interest from Minnesota.
Many think that signing the two-time NBA All-Star doesn't make sense since he is considered washed-up, but it could actually help the Wolves.
Since Thibodeau took the reins in Minnesota two years ago, they have become relevant again. The squad's playoff appearance last season was their first since 2004, ending years of being stuck in the doldrums fo the Association. He clearly knows what he is doing and deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Last year, the Wolves added Butler and Gibson in the offseason, and they ended up being vital cogs in taking the team to the next level. The four-time All-Star blossomed into a bonafide star, while the rugged big man provided physicality to their cause. Rose soon reunited with his peers later that year, and was one of Minnesota's best players against the Houston Rockets.
The trio became the stabilizing force in the postseason, for a young squad that featured two Rookies of the Year: a 23-year-old Andrew Wiggins and 22-year-old Karl Anthony Towns.
It remains to be seen what Deng can contribute, because we have seen so little of his play in recent years. Although it is worth noting that he looked good in the NBA Africa game this summer, where he put up 14 points, three rebounds, and three steals.
In the end, the veteran Timberbulls can guide for the Timberpups, not to mention they are already familiar with Thibodeau's system. Butler is also only 28 and can give the Wolves a formidable 1-2 punch with Towns.
As long as Thibs manages their minutes and not wear the old guard out at the expense of the young blood's playing time, the Wolves can howl and make some noise even in the deep Western Conference.