B/R proposes Minnesota Timberwolves trade for Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Minnesota Timberwolves are seemingly looking for a third star. Bleacher Report proposed a trade which they receive the reigning MVP.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in an intriguing position this offseason. They have a good amount of assets (both to win now and in the future), numerous draft picks, and all-star caliber players D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns. Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz recently came out with an article that had a trade proposal for each non-bubble team to acquire Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Antetokounmpo, 25, is currently in his fourth consecutive All-Star season. He is expected to win his second MVP-award in a row, and has averaged over 25 points, ten rebounds, four assists, one block, and one steal each of the past three seasons. Giannis is also the favorite to win the NBA’s defensive player of the year award.

Timberwolves Get
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Bucks Get
James Johnson, Josh Okogie
Jarrett Culver, 2020 Pick
Nets 2020 Pick, 2023 First-Round Pick
2025 First-Round Pick

In his article, Swartz points out the incredible amount of draft capital that Milwaukee would need in order to consider any Timberwolves trade offer:

“Minnesota is tied for the best odds at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft and would be including additional firsts in 2023 and 2025 (or 2024 and 2026, depending on when its first-round pick is conveyed to the Golden State Warriors from the Andrew Wiggins/Russell trade).

If the Timberwolves can get Milwaukee to agree on some sort of protections on the future firsts, pairing Antetokounmpo with Towns and Russell would be a core worth taking a risk on.”

Having Antetokounmpo on the Timberwolves would not only help their offense, but would absolutely help their defensive struggles as well. He is excellent on the perimeter and can guard any player at any position. Antetokounmpo also had nearly five defensive win-shares along with a defensive box plus-minus of 4.2.

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While a trio of Antetokounmpo, Towns, and Russell means the Timberwolves will not have much depth on their roster, they very simply will not need it with two of the best players in the league (both under 26 years old) and one of the better scoring guards in the league.