The Minnesota Timebrwolves were one of the first teams to shake up the trade market this season. They did so when they offloaded veteran Jeff Teague and Treveon Graham to the Atlanta Hawks for Allen Crabbe. While Crabbe may prove to be a serviceable player for the Wolves coming off the bench, it does appear that the nature of this deal points to the fact that the Wolves’ front office have set themselves up for a bigger and more beneficial trade prior to the deadline.
There have been several names that have recently been linked to the Wolves. At this point, it is obvious that the team is now looking towards the future. Currently, Minnesota is at 15-31, and is the second-worst team in the West. The T-Wolves are only above only the Golden State Warriors. Barring a miraculous second half of the season, the Wolves are set for another early summer vacation. This leads us to believe that whoever the team will be targeting to trade for within the next few weeks will be someone who can help them move forward with their current core. Below, we present two of the most attractive options for the Timberwolves right now.
Buddy Hield, Sacramento Kings
Earlier in the season, Hield publicly aired his frustration with the Sacramento Kings. And more recently, he has been demoted to a bench role in favor of Bogdan Bogdanovic. No matter how hard Sacramento tries to hide it, the fact of the matter is that Hield and the Kings are not in a perfect place right now. Given all this, the 27-year-old might be available at the right price.
For the Wolves, adding a guy like Hield would be a clear indication of their unwavering confidence in their current core. That core is none other than Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Hield could prove to be the third star Minnesota needs to reach the next level. With current averages of 20.0 points (on 41.9 percent shooting), 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and a whopping 3.6 3-pointers (on a 36.4-percent clip), Hield should definitely help the Timberwolves’ cause.
D’Angelo Russell, Golden State Warriors
The recent departure of Teague opened up a bigger role for sixth-year guard Shabazz Napier. While the 28-year-old has been doing a pretty good job as the team’s primary playmaker, there’s also very little doubt that the Wolves could use an upgrade in this particular department.
Trading for Golden State Warriors All-Star point guard D’Angelo Russell could be the missing piece that takes Minnesota over the edge. A one-two punch of Towns and Russell — with Wiggins serving as the third option — is very, very promising, and given the Warriors’ current conundrum, they might just be willing to listen to offers for the former second overall pick.
It’s going to be a busy next couple of weeks for the Timberwolves. And whatever move(s) they make — or don’t make — should provide us all with a better understanding of the direction the front office wants to take for the years ahead.