The Minnesota Timberwolves want to trade their No. 1 overall pick to pair a “win now player” along side Karl Anthony-Towns. They likely watched LeBron turn big man Anthony Davis into a winner and figure they can do the same. Any No. 1 pick is likely to field big names that should have Wolves fans excited. Their strategy could be used to pry Giannis out of Milwaukee’s grasps.
According to @KevinOConnorNBA, executives around the league believe the T-Wolves would prefer to trade out of their No. 1 Overall Pick and target a “win-now player” to pair with KAT.— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 14, 2020
Keeping their pick would mean drafting a young kid and asking him to make a contribution right away. League history shows that young players usually struggle in win-now situations, so the Timberwolves are making a different choice. With plenty of unsatisfied players around the association, like Bradley Beal or James Harden, Minnesota just might a deal.
We can’t assume that any particular player will be available, but there should be plenty options on the table when we’re talking the No. 1 pick with LaMelo Ball in the draft.
After trading for De’Angelo Russell this year, Minnesota has an opportunity to plug in a veteran star for a trio. Jimmy Butler’s presence accelerated the Miami Heat’s winning culture, and the Wolves can potentially do the same through trade.
So who fits the bill?
They already have a ball handling guard in De’Angelo Russell and a scoring power forward on the team. With one of the worst defenses in the NBA, a defensive wing seems like a perfect fit. Either that or they’ll continue losing games 124-120.
One issue this team runs into is that none of the wings they could acquire in a deal plays any defense. Guys like Zach Lavine and Devin Booker aren’t much on the defensive end of the floor.
Is it possible they can stay patient and sneak in on Giannis Antetokounmpo? It may not be the craziest idea in the world considering no one else can match their potential offer. Milwaukee might be stuck with no ability to “get creative” to improve the roster as Giannis asked for. If they don’t think they can get a deal done, then it might be time for them to take the No. 1 pick for the Greek Freak instead.
Giannis just won Defensive Player of the Year, but it’s not hard for me to explain why Giannis fits on practically any roster. Making the team better immediately also saves them the headache of KAT demanding a trade. The kid clearly watched Kevin Garnett ditch his same team for greener pastures, and it turned out beautifully. Towns is no KG. He’s more of a Kevin Love, but Minnesota can’t afford to let another star leave unhappy.
Any team’s best player has the authority to demand a roster move, and KAT likely doesn’t have the patience for a project draft pick. Go get him a star and he might consider sticking around past 2021. Time’s ticking.