All things considered, the Minnesota Timberwolves had a solid 2021-22 NBA season. On the other hand, if good is the enemy of great, then greatness and the Timberwolves are on bad terms.
The Wolves won 46 games. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to a decidedly stronger Memphis Grizzlies squad. Their fans were ultimately feeling fine, but wanting more.
Most observers probably expect them to tinker. They don’t need to make any radical moves. A better shooter at the 4 or some more bench depth could be enough to get them over the hump.
On the other hand, what if they got crazy?
Acquiring Russell Westbrook would certainly qualify. In spite of his shoddy 2021-22 season, there are benefits in making a deal for him. He’s an expiring contract, and he may be better maximized in a different situation.
Here are two trades that land him on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Los Angeles Lakers Receive: G D’Angelo Russell, F Josh Okogie
Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: G Russell Westbrook, 2027 First-Round Pick (LAL)
Before Minnesota Timberwolves fans grab their pitchforks, let’s elaborate on those benefits associated with landing Russell Westbrook.