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Timberwolves, 2020 NBA Draft

The best trade the Timberwolves can make with the No. 1 pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves have two young All-Stars in Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. They also have the number one pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. So, they have a massive decision to make. Should they select an unproven talent who needs development, or trade the pick for a more established player to pair with their young stars?

On the daily Locked On Wolves Podcast, host Ben Beecken reveals who he thinks is the Wolves’ best trade partner should Minnesota decide to trade the No. 1 pick.

Ben Beecken: The number one trade partner for the Minnesota Timberwolves is the Atlanta Hawks. They’ve got a number of assets, a number of young wings, a number of guys that are likely willing to kind of sift through. So, if the Wolves are looking to trade back into that second tier and take one of those wings, the Hawks could be a viable trade partner simply because they have the sixth pick.

They have some tradable wings. They also have John Collins, who is rumored to be potentially on the block. Capela is in Atlanta and already received a contract extension worth $55.6 million over the next three years. So, the Hawks aren’t looking to turn around and flip him, and the jury’s out on whether he and John Collins can play together. So, they’re likely going to move on from Collins before he gets his extension. Collins is going to be seeking something close to a max contract…

And the Hawks just might want to get to the number one pick in the draft to select Anthony Edwards. He played at the University of Georgia last year and is from Atlanta. The Hawks need some star power on the wing and they might think it’s Anthony Edwards….

I think the Hawks are primed for a trade for the Wolves’ number one pick and I think that John Collins and some combination of wing players, and the number six pick, can get it done.

My proposed trade would be the number six pick, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter to the Timberwolves for the number one, maybe the 17th pick, as well as Jared Culver and Jacob Evans.