The Minnesota Timberwolves desperately need to add some shooting to their roster. Trading for a young shooter like Luke Kennard would be a good move before the deadline.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing a new brand of basketball under the leadership of Gersson Rosas and Ryan Saunders, but they don’t have the personnel to execute their gameplan at a high level.
Fortunately, there is a player on the trade market who could help their shooting problems in both the present and future.
The Athletic’s James L. Edwards (subscription required) is reporting that the Pistons have been shopping Luke Kennard in trade discussions leading up to the deadline, and he would be a perfect fit in the Timberwolves’ new system.
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Kennard has consistently been hitting around 40% of his three-point attempts throughout his first three years in the NBA, and he’s continued to stay efficient from outside on a higher volume this year as he’s knocking down 39.9% of his 6.5 attempts per game.
The former Duke Blue Devil has also showed some playmaking ability this year as he’s averaging 4.1 assists per game.
Kennard is knocking down a career-high 49.1% of his 5.7 two-point attempts per game bringing his true shooting percentage up to an incredible 58.9% this season.
The 23-year-old wing would instantly be the second-best shooter on the team outside of KAT, and he’s on a similar timeline to Towns and Andrew Wiggins as the Wolves try to build up a young core around those two players.
I honestly don’t know why the Pistons would be looking to move on from Kennard as they begin a rebuild in Detroit. But if the reports are true, the Wolves should be targeting him in trade talks before the February 6th deadline.