Minnesota Timberwolves: Dream trades involving Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards in action while Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Timberwolves: Trade with Wizards for Bradley Beal

2. Minnesota Timberwolves swap Karl-Anthony Towns for Beal

Our own Nate Ackert suggested a similar trade involving Towns and Bradley Beal.

Nate mentioned how good of a fit Towns would be with John Wall, but what really stood out to me is what he said regarding what would happen to the Wolves:

"For the Wolves, Beal would be an outstanding return for Towns. Yes, Towns is a better player in a vacuum, and this trade would leave several questions regarding the Wolves frontcourt, the addition of Beal would take the Wolves’ backcourt to a whole new level both offensively and defensively."

Yes, Towns is a better player than Beal in a vacuum, but the latter would bring a new level of two-way play to the backcourt.

Nate is correct in suggesting that this trade will leave holes in the frontcourt and that’s why the trade is adjusted slightly here by including Jarrett Culver and Rui Hachimura in the deal.

Hachimura would by no means replace Towns as far as talent, but he would give the Wolves another option at the 4. The Wizards would get Culver, which clearly won’t be a replacement for Beal, but it would give Washington another option with upside at the two or three.

This trade seems fair for both parties and could help answer needs that both teams need to be answered. It’s hard for me to see both teams declining this deal if, in fact, the main pieces involved are truly unhappy.