The Timberwolves are taking the phrase “Go big or go home” to heart.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are thinking big, everyone. First, there came the major hire: a new president of basketball operations recruited from a Western Conference rival. Then there was the big transaction, in which the big hiring offered the Utah Jazz a large haul so he could pair an all-world big with another all-world big.

Why give up so many draft picks? Because, in Tim Connelly’s words, “we felt like we taken a significant step forward.”

It’s a big risk, but it’s also a big statement! Connelly wants the Wolves to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. They’re “trying to change how the league regards us,” he claimed.

As a result, Rudy Gobert is in Minnesota, and Karl-Anthony Towns will start at power forward. Connelly expects “some clunky moments at first,” but the standard has been lifted. The Wolves will no longer have to scramble their way to a respectable defense, compensating for substandard personnel with aggression and effort. They will no longer be beaten up on the boards.

Last season, coach Chris Finch orchestrated a type of makeover. Minnesota messed up the game by forcing turnovers, storming the glass, and pushing the pace. Karl-Anthony Towns was named to his second All-NBA team, Anthony Edwards took over a playoff game, and D’Angelo Russell quarterbacked the defense from the weak side. With Gobert in the fold and other changes to the supporting cast, the Wolves must reinvent themselves yet again.

Connelly sees Edwards, 21, as a potentially “transcendent” player and “all-league defender,” thus he’ll be expected to make a step forward. Jaden McDaniels, who recently turned 22, will be expected to hit 3s and fill in the gaps with the regularity that an every-night starter demands. Kyle Anderson, a free agency signing, adds to the Wolves’ aggregate length and intelligence. Bryn Forbes adds movement shooting and Austin Rivers brings playmaking, but they’ll have to compete for minutes in the backcourt against the returning Jordan McLaughlin and Jaylen Nowell. Taurean Prince is also back, giving Finch alternatives in the frontcourt.

However, it is Gobert who provides Minnesota with a different ceiling and structure on both ends. He is an unusual star, and he may be the one who can cover up the flaws of its core.