The NBA is heading towards trade season as there is only about a month left until the trade deadline, and the Minnesota Timberwolves should consider making a move for one of these players.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are an intriguing team to analyze as we draw closer towards the trade deadline.
They looked like buyers in the trade market after they jumped out to a 7-4 start and looked like a legitimate playoff team, but a rough month of December had the Wolves looking like sellers as rumors started to fly about dealing Robert Covington and the potential unhappiness of Karl-Anthony Towns.
Despite this rough stretch, Minnesota is still only a couple of games out of the playoff picture as it looks like no one else wants to stake a serious claim to the eight seed in the Western Conference.
The Timberwolves could be buyers or sellers at this point of the season, which opens up a ton of opportunities in the trade market as it starts to heat up.
These three upcoming targets would put Minnesota in the buyer category, but they may not have to give up a major asset in a couple of these potential moves.
Without further ado, let's examine a trio of reasonable trade targets that could improve their roster both now and for the future.
The Denver Nuggets have one of the deepest rotations in the NBA, which means a few of their players aren't getting the type of minutes they deserve and need a change of scenery to gain a bigger role.
Malik Beasley is one of those players who'd be getting 25-30 minutes per game on nearly every other team in the league, but he's only getting 16 minutes per night this year in Denver.
The former Florida State Seminole played 23.2 minutes per game for the Nuggets last season where he scored 11.3 points per contest with 2.5 rebounds and 0.7 steals while shooting over 40% from three-point range.
This year, Denver is trying to get Michael Porter Jr. in the rotation which has taken some valuable playing time away from Beasley.
Beasley is not shooting well on two-pointers this season, but he's still shooting around 40% from deep on a decent volume and he's an extremely athletic player who brings energy on the defensive end every time he hits the floor.
Beasley just turned 23 years old, which puts him on the same timeline as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and the Timberwolves have been in the business of stockpiling useful wings ever since Gersson Rosas took over as the President of Basketball Operations.
Since Denver doesn't really have a consistent role for Beasley right now, it might not take much to pry him away in a trade.
Juancho Hernangomez checks a lot of the same boxes as Malik Beasley as Denver just has too many good players on their roster to get everyone decent playing time.
Juancho is a different type of player than Beasley as he fits more of a stretch-four mold while Malik makes more sense as a two or a three, but that makes Hernangomez an even better fit for the Wolves' current roster.
Minnesota has done a good job of acquiring wing players with limited resources since Rosas took over, but most of the players he has brought in struggle when they're forced to play up a position.
Playing Robert Covington at power forward has been a struggle for the Wolves all year long, and RoCo would be able to play his more natural small forward position more often if Minnesota was able to trade for Hernangomez.
Juancho is a streaky outside shooter, but he's made 36.5% or more of his three-point attempts in two of his four NBA seasons and I think he would become a consistent shooter if given more consistent minutes.
At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, Hernangomez also has the ability to bang with some of the league's bigger power forwards in the post where Covington (6-foot-7, 211 pounds) has really struggled this season.
Juancho just turned 24 years old, so he's a piece that could help the Wolves win right now and play an important role on the team for years to come.
With the Nuggets' depth they have plenty of players who could be available in a trade, and both Beasley and Hernangomez would be good fits in Minnesota for a reasonable price.
While Beasley and Hernangomez project to be role players, Buddy Hield could be that third star that Wolves fans have coveted for so long.
Hield has reportedly become frustrated (subscription required) with how the Kings' season is going, which may mean he wants out in favor of a new situation.
The 26-year-old sharpshooting guard is on the last year of his deal before a four-year, $94 million contract extension kicks in next year. However, that's not a bad price for someone with Hield's skillset and it's a front-loaded deal so it won't hurt the Timberwolves' salary situation too much down the road.
Although he's gone a little cold from three-point range this year, Hield shot 42.7% or better from deep in each of his previous two seasons which would make him a great fit on a Wolves team that desperately needs some outside shooting.
Hield is fully capable of playing off-the-ball giving more opportunities for Towns and Wiggins to make plays with the ball in their hands while Buddy spaces the floor and is always ready to knock down a three.
Hield isn't the world's greatest defender, but he wouldn't be asked to cover the opposition's go-to guy very often with Minnesota's current group of defensive-minded wings.
The Wolves would certainly have to give up a valuable asset or two in order to acquire Buddy Hield, but his perfect fit alongside Towns and Wiggins makes him worth it.