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Rumor: Timberwolves eyeing trade for John Collins or Aaron Gordon to pair with Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Collins, Aaron Gordon

After gaining some hype before the start of the season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have suffered through a disastrous 2020-21 campaign thus far. The Timberwolves currently hold a league-worst 7-29 record and clearly need as much help as they can get, which is why they’re in the market for a roster upgrade.

Karl-Anthony Towns leads the way for this organization, averaging 22.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.7 blocks, but he has only appeared in 16 games due to injuries and COVID-19. The Timberwolves do have some potential with rookie Anthony Edwards making highlight-reel plays of his own throughout the season, plus D’Angelo Russell. But Russell is still out with his own injury, which has limited him to 20 games this season, and he won’t be back for a bit.

Minnesota’s best bet to upgrade is to find someone via trade. This franchise has been scraping the bottom of the barrel in this league for far too long, and adding young talent through the draft hasn’t worked out. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports the Timberwolves are trying to find an upgrade at power forward, with John Collins and Aaron Gordon two top targets. Gordon’s name has been linked to Minnesota for some time:

Minnesota has shown interest in power forwards around the league, including Atlanta’s John Collins and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, sources said. Both players have significant asking prices in the marketplace. The Timberwolves had substantive conversations with the Magic on Gordon prior to his severe ankle sprain last month, sources said, and those talks are expected to resume as he nears his return to the floor.

Collins is set to be a restricted free agent and is looking for a big contract, which is why the Hawks could consider a trade, but he still might be a part of the future in Atlanta. Aaron Gordon would certainly be an intriguing acquisition for Minnesota after stagnating a bit in Orlando. He’s athletic, jumps out of the gym, and can be a mismatch nightmare for most opposing teams. Once he’s healthy, he could provide the Timberwolves with some flare that has been missing all season.