While they have not made any free agent signings this NBA offseason, the Minnesota Timberwolves have been pretty busy adding secondary talent to their roster.

Minnesota has added Patrick Beverley after trading away Ricky Rubio earlier in the offseason, and they also added Taurean Prince as a combo-forward on the wing. 

Both guys will help make the Timberwolves better defensively during the 2021-22 season, but there are still some holes to fill on this roster. Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, Anthony Edwards, and Malik Beasley make up a strong-looking core, but the T-Wolves may not be done making some trades to add more talent to their roster. 

This team has won just 36% of their total games since the 2004-05 season, and they have made the playoffs just once in 2018.

Adding another high-level talent to this roster seems like something the Timberwolves’ management is interested in, hence why they have such a high interest in Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons. Still, the 76ers seem unwilling to trade him to Minnesota given their lack of overall assets. 

If they cannot land Ben Simmons, the Timberwolves will need to turn their attention to filling out their roster with talented players another way, which is why Jaden McDaniels could be dangled as trade bait.

Last year, McDaniels was drafted 28th overall by Minnesota and put together a solid rookie season, averaging 6.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and shooting 36.4% from the floor in about 24 minutes per game. 

This offseason, the 20-year-old forward participated in the Las Vegas Summer League for Minnesota and was spectacular in the four games he played in.

Jaden McDaniels averaged 16.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks, and shot 49% from the floor in Las Vegas, giving him a lot of potential to have a grand breakout “sophomore” season in the league. 

The Timberwolves love what they have in their young power-forward, but could they look to leverage him to add more talent to their roster? Should McDaniels be available in trade talks, these three teams should absolutely make a push to acquire him. 

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Sam Presti has done a marvelous job of assembling draft picks for years to come, and the Thunder are building something special, which is why they should have a high amount of interest in a guy like Jaden McDaniels if he becomes available.

Not only could they move players like Bazley and Pokusevski if the Timberwolves wanted them, but they could also offer up a young defensive-minded player like Luguentz Dort, who Minnesota would definitely be interested in adding on the wing given the strides they have made to better themselves on defense. 

While the Thunder does have Darius Bazley and Aleksej Pokusevski at the forward positions, Oklahoma City has no players unavailable other than Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, which is why they could be open to dealing. 

Minnesota could also use another guard, which is why someone like Theo Maledon could be on their radar in a potential trade. He was drafted in the first round by the Thunder last season, but with them just drafting Tre Mann and Josh Giddey, they may be open to moving Maledon in a deal for McDaniels.