Calling it the NBA offseason is a misnomer. There is nothing “off” about this season of the NBA calendar. The draft is nearly here and free agency begins on Monday, meaning it is now prime time for Gersson Rosas to start wheeling and dealing to improve the Timberwolves roster.
Rosas has said at several points this summer that he is looking at trading as the primary mechanism for which to upgrade. True to those words, the Timberwolves have been making calls all over the league, primarily in pursuit of a power forward, sources tell The Athletic. The Timberwolves do not currently have a first- or second-round pick in the draft on Thursday night and do not have a lot of salary cap space to work with in free agency, either. That makes the next week or two crucial for Rosas to to find a deal for the missing piece of the starting lineup as the Wolves aspire to a playoff spot next season.
Like virtually every GM out there, Rosas is exploring a variety of avenues as the draft approaches. The biggest preference for Rosas is to add a veteran to the roster because Rosas believes the Wolves are young enough with a nucleus of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell and Jaden McDaniels. Ideally he can find a talented power forward who brings some veteran presence with him.
In the past Rosas has shown interest in P.J. Tucker, who won a title in Milwaukee and will be a free agent, and Larry Nance Jr., who is widely believed to be available in Cleveland. John Collins appears to be unlikely at this point, but Danilo Gallinari could be an option with Atlanta possibly needing to unload some salary to make room to retain Collins.
Kyle Kuzma is as available as it gets, but the Wolves likely will look elsewhere first and as our Shams Charania reported, the Lakers and Kings are discussing a Kuzma-involved trade for Buddy Hield as well.