Timberwolves add size and scoring from the Sacramento Kings
The Wolves could try to thread the needle and acquire both win-now scoring and size, while also potentially cashing in to add some future upside to the roster.
Harrison Barnes has been a name that has long been thrown around as a potential trade target for the Wolves. In this scenario, the Timberwolves are able to acquire his services along with former No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III.
In Barnes, the Timberwolves would be getting a seasoned veteran who has been a part of a championship culture in Golden State that can provide leadership by example for this Wolves team. Barnes is averaging 16.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 41 percent on 3-point attempts this season, which projects him as a solid frontcourt partner for Karl-Anthony Towns who can stretch the floor and rebound well for his position.
Along with Barnes, the Timberwolves take a flyer on Bagley, who has been disappointing, to say the least, especially given the context that he was picked ahead of NBA All-Stars Luka Doncic and Trae Young in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Bagley has already had his fair share of unhappiness with the Kings organization and could use a fresh start in Minnesota, where his massive upside could be unlocked by Chris Finch. For a Kings organization that appears to be on the verge of yet another rebuild, a move like this makes a ton of sense.
The Kings would receive several young players and a pick to aid their imminent rebuild. Unlike his current situation in Minnesota, Jaden McDaniels would have the opportunity to develop his on-ball skills and potentially become a borderline All-Star on the Kings, where he can flash his two-way potential and isolation scoring that has come in flashes with the Wolves.
Along with McDaniels, the Kings acquire 22-year-old Naz Reid, who could eventually turn into a starter for the Kings depending on Richaun Holme’s future with the team. Reid has proven to be a capable scorer in this league when given the chance and could build upon his bag of talents on a rebuilding team like the Kings.
Beasley has been involved in every trade so far in this article, but that is because he is the Wolves’ most tradeable asset in terms of contract matching. The Kings would essentially get a younger version of Buddy Hield who still has untapped potential as a finisher at the rim.
The trade deadline is coming up in less than a month, and the Timberwolves will definitely be working the phones in order to examine every possibility of upgrading their roster to try and make a playoff run this season, and all of the trades listed above can help the Wolves become a force in the Western Conference.