Once again, the Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves entering the offseason asking “what’s next?” Minnesota failed to reach the postseason for the third consecutive NBA season and they finished with a 23-49 record, improving 4 games win-wise from last season.
Success has been hard to come by for the Timberwolves over the years, which is why their front-office may be eager to “shake things up” in the offseason. They traded for D’Angelo Russell at the NBA trade deadline last season and granted he was hurt for most of this season, this has not seemed to work out well.
Between injuries and young talents not turning out to fit well in their system, Minnesota is on the verge of total collapse as a franchise, which is why they need to make a “splash” in the league sooner than later. Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards are two No. 1 overall picks that the Timberwolves want to build with for the future, but could they look to leverage Towns this summer?
He has three years remaining on his contract and at 25-years-old, Towns is entering the prime of his career, which makes his value as high as it will be. The Timberwolves could really capitalize value-wise on trading Karl-Anthony Towns, which is why they could possibly trade him to a team they are used to making deals with. He will be a name to watch in NBA trade rumors this offseason and going forward.
Just last season, the Timberwolves traded for D’Angelo Russell with the Golden State and in the process, they traded away Andrew Wiggins and their first-round pick this year. The Warriors have a ton of young assets, as well as future assets, that Minnesota could gather in a trade involving Towns this offseason that could potentially set them up for more long-term success.
Will the Minnesota Timberwolves actually pull-the-trigger and trade Karl-Anthony Towns, one of the best big men in the entire league, to the Golden State Warriors? Let’s take a look at what this trade could possibly look like.
Golden State Warriors Receive: C Karl-Anthony Towns, MIN 2022 2nd Round Pick, MIN 2023 2nd Round Pick
Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: F Andrew Wiggins*, C James Wiseman, MIN 2021 1st Round Pick (Pick #7), GSW 2021 1st Round Pick (Pick #14), GSW 2022 1st Round Pick (Pick Swap, More Favorable to MIN), GSW 2025 1st Round Pick (Pick Swap, More Favorable to MIN)
*Note: Andrew Wiggins would not be traded to Minnesota in this deal and would be going to a third team involved in this trade.
First things first, if the Warriors were to go after Towns in a trade this offseason, they would have to be willing to part ways with Andrew Wiggins. Golden State GM Bob Myers has spoken very highly of Wiggins and the upside he brings to them long-term, but he is making over $30M each of the next two seasons and the Warriors would have to remove him from their payroll in order to make room for KAT.
Since the Minnesota Timberwolves just traded Wiggins to Golden State last season, a third team would likely get involved in this deal to acquire Andrew Wiggins and possibly a few draft picks as well. One team that does come to mind initially are the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been rumored to possibly be moving on from Collin Sexton this offseason.