Minnesota Timberwolves: A trade with each team in the bottom 8

Jake Layman of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Jake Layman of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Timberwolves: Trade with Detroit Pistons

4. Detroit Pistons

Minnesota Timberwolves, Luke Kennard
Potential Minnesota Timberwolves trade target Luke Kennard #5 of the Detroit Pistons. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images) /


For the Timberwolves

Luke Kennard averaged 15.8 points on 39.9 percent 3-point shooting. He has shown the ability to shoot constantly from three in his career, shooting 40.2 percent from three in his three-year career.

There is no doubt that he would thrive in the Wolves’ 3-heavy offense, and playing next to D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns’ would make him a prime kick-out option.

For the Pistons

There is a precedent for a Luke Kennard trade set by the Suns at the 2020 trade deadline, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported that trade talks involving Luke Kennard fell apart due to the absence of a first-round pick. If the Pistons’ asking price hasn’t changed, they would be getting their first-round pick along with two steady bench players.


For the Timberwolves

While Kennard offers strong 3-point shooting, it is likely that Gersson Rosas will look to re-sign Malik Beasley to be the starting shooting guard for the Wolves. Investing a first-round pick in a potential sixth-man may be too high of an asking price.

Additionally, while Kennard adds depth to the Wolves offense, it does little to address defensive concerns, as Kennard’s defensive skill-set is limited.

For the Pistons

While a first-round pick is a nice asset, this trade leaves little else for the Pistons in terms of value. Kennard was a first-round pick himself, so this trade essentially swaps one first-round pick for another.

Plus, this draft is considered weak by many draft experts, so trading a valuable asset for a pick in this class may not be worthwhile.