The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in buying a relatively new sports car with low miles and a high price tag. They don’t, however, have any money to put down, and their trade-in is the equivalent of a five-year old Honda Civic with cloth seats, a CD player, 100,000 miles and a stain-covered backseat, thanks to a cross-country trek with a cranky two-year-old.
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Minnesota is reportedly among the league’s teams who are most anxious to trade for the NBA’s version of a low-mile sports car: disgruntled Philadelphia All-Star, Ben Simmons.
Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic reports that while Minnesota’s interest in Simmons, 25, remains high, a deal seems unlikely, unless the 76ers feel like taking back a bunch of used parts: “As of right now, the Timberwolves do not have a trade package that offers (Sixers GM) Morey the win-now assets a team in championship mode wants. They are not going to put Karl-Anthony Towns into any type of multi-team deal to try to get the wheels moving and Anthony Edwards remains untouchable as well. Even if the Wolves did include D’Angelo Russell in an offer — and they have talked all summer about building a team with Towns, Edwards and Russell around Simmons — it would not appear to be the magic bullet move that Morey needs to part ways with one of the best defensive players in the league … yet.”
Simmons posts career averages of roughly 16 points, 8 boards and 8 assists per game. Though the media love to harp on his shooting struggles, the former first overall pick is well-respected within league circles and has a price tag to match.
Towns, Edwards, Russell, and the rest of the Timberwolves plodded their way to a dismal 19-45 record in 2020. It’s no wonder Philly isn’t interested in the used cars taking up space on the Minnesota roster.