Latest Heat-Timberwolves trade scenario could breathe new life into team

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are no strangers to pulling the trigger on major trades. And for the life of me, I’m no fan of pulling the trigger on an NBA Trade scenario simply to change things up for the Minnesota Timberwolves roster and satisfy the ever-growing unrest among the fans for the team to take action and get things back on track.

The Timberwolves have been pushed to the brink with the number of injuries on this roster. But there is more underlying current to the team than just injuries. For one matter, the team has been struggling to figure out what to do with point guard D’Angelo Russell, a player who to put it bluntly is ill-equipped to be the starting point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves by his own admission.

That has forced this team to task point forward Kyle Anderson with the role of bringing the basketball to the offensive side of the court. And when he is not able to suit up, that role has found its way to shooting guard Anthony Edwards. But neither is an ideal candidate for the long haul for the Minnesota Timberwolves roster.

So there is a significant discussion about the Minnesota Timberwolves roster and season in the embedded video below.  The Timberwolves could benefit from a trade with the Miami Heat in a simple player-for-player trade.  In this exchange, the Timberwolves take on Heat PG Kyle Lowry, and the Heat take on Timberwolves PG/SG D’Angelo Russell. I have inserted a conditional second-round pick in this exchange to compensate for the better production and younger-aged Russell sliding into the Miami Heat mid-season.

All in all, this could very much be a win-win trade for both NBA teams. Lowry has been a disappointment in two seasons with the Miami Heat. D’Angelo Russell, while more productive, has been too inconsistent in his play. But the most alarming aspect of his tenure with the Timberwolves is that he has surrendered to the belief that he doesn’t want the point guard role on the point guard-needy Timberwolves roster.

The simplicity of this trade overshadows the benefits to both teams. Two NBA veterans have the chance to start fresh. The Timberwolves land an ideal point guard who can fill the role of a field general role, distribute the basketball, and is consistent in his play.

Another team who could become mentioned going forward is the Washington Wizards. But in either scenario, the plan would be to onboard a bonafide NBA accomplished point guard, which would allow the team to keep F Kyle Anderson and SG Anthony Edwards focused on their individual roles.

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