The Minnesota Timberwolves had a very disappointing season. They finished 23-49, putting them in 13th place in the Western Conference. There were high hopes for the team going into the season with the new star duo in D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns along with the number one overall pick Anthony Edwards. Many expected a playoff berth or at least to make the play-in tournament but they fell way short of those expectations.
Injuries and COVID-19 played a huge part into the struggle but it is clear the Timberwolves will need to add more talent. Towns and Edwards are obvious building blocks for the future and it is time to surround them with complementary pieces.
Here are 5 trades the Timberwolves can make this offseason to get Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns more help.
Timberwolves trade options:
5. Forward Taurean Prince
Taurean Prince has become a solid player that can play a specific role for a team. He is a solid three point shooter and a good defender. Prince averaged 10.1 points and shot 41 percent from three in the 29 games he played after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is the definition of a role player and he is able to play so well that way. Players like Prince are what the Timberwolves need to make a playoff run.
If the Timberwolves trade for Prince they won’t be disappointed.
4. Guard Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley has been one of the toughest defending guards since he entered the league. He is a streaky offensive player but could provide the Timberwolves with a veteran presence. Just a season ago Bradley was a starting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers before opting out of the season due to COVID-19. Even in a bench role he would be a solid player for the Timberwolves and help the young core grow.
The Timberwolves would be making a good move by bringing in Bradley.
3. Center Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol wasn’t what the Lakers hoped he would be and he may be dealt in the offseason. Gasol played well at times for the Lakers but could not stay consistent with his play. The Timberwolves should jump on the chance and try to make a move for Gasol. It would likely not take much to acquire him and he would be a good veteran for the Timberwolves.
Although he is an older player Gasol could mentor Towns in perhaps his final NBA season. The former Defensive Player of the Year would also be a solid backup center to Towns.
This move could help Towns gain experience and Gasol’s leadership would be beneficial on a playoff run.
2. Guard Malcolm Brogdon
Malcolm Brogdon has become a near top 10 point guard in the NBA and would fit perfectly with the Timberwolves. The Indiana Pacers are in a tough position and many are suggesting they are ready to blow up the team and rebuild. The Timberwolves should jump at this opportunity even if it means dealing Russell. Brogdon would a slightly worse offensive game compared to Russell but a far superior defensive game.
The Timberwolves need to surround Edwards and Towns around players that can defend. Brogdon would be able to do that while also bringing a third scoring option to the team. He averaged 21.2 points per game along with 5.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
The Timberwolves should do anything they can to get Brogdon on the team.
Best Timberwolves option:
1. Forward Mikal Bridges
Mikal Bridges has been a huge part of success for the Phoenix Suns but may need to be dealt in the offseason. Bridges is seeking an extension worth $20 plus million a year and the Suns are running out of cap space. Guard Chris Paul and center Deandre Ayton are also seeking extensions this offseason. Bridges may be the odd man out which may force them to deal him before he hits free agency.
The Timberwolves need to make an offer for him as he is a perfect wing around Edwards and Towns. Bridges could play small forward or power forward which would allow flexibility in the starting unit. He is a great defender and can shut down the opposing teams number one option while being a great three point shooter on the offensive end.
Bridges would be the dream wing for the Timberwolves and they should look to acquire him in the offseason.
The Timberwolves have a ways to go but if they make these moves, they could be a playoff team next season.