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Timberwolves’ brief Kevin Durant pursuit before pulling off Rudy Gobert trade

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The Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off a blockbuster trade on Friday, acquiring Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt, and others, plus four first-round picks. Yes, quite the haul.

However, before the Timberwolves decided to move for the former DPOY, they actually called the Brooklyn Nets to discuss a potential trade for Kevin Durant. Problem is that the negotiations quickly broke down after the Nets wanted Anthony Edwards or Karl-Anthony Towns.

Via Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic:

The Wolves also made several calls to Brooklyn on Kevin Durant, sources said, but the Nets were asking for established All-Stars and a mountain of picks. Minnesota was unwilling to part with either Edwards or Towns in a KD-centered deal, so there was no traction.

The Timberwolves were clearly set on keeping their core together and that’s totally understandable. They finally made the playoffs last season and Edwards in particular has yet to hit his prime, already showing glimpses of superstar potential.

Bringing in KD would’ve been great, but it just didn’t make sense considering how much Brooklyn wanted. Instead, they now have a massive frontcourt consisting of KAT and Gobert. While many people are criticizing the Timberwolves for parting ways with so many pieces in order to get the Frenchman, there is no questioning what he brings to the table.

It’ll be interesting to see his fit with Minnesota. As for KD, it appears he’ll probably end up in Miami or Phoenix. Only time will tell.