1. Miami Heat
This trade would help get Lowry off the Heat’s books one year sooner, as Lowry’s deal expires after next season. Miami draft picks rarely sniff the lottery, so a first round pick wouldn’t be too unreasonable for the acquisition of Russell and Reid.
From the Wolves’ perspective, Lowry, who is 36 years old, could bring a different skillset to the point guard position. Though he’s expensive, aging, and has an injury history, Lowry would have the potential to provide a shooting and defensive upgrade to the Wolves backcourt, which could make him a great pairing with Anthony Edwards.
2. LA Clippers
The Clippers are in need of immediate point guard help, and an expiring contact would also give them flexibility in the coming offseason. Russell may or may not fit with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, but it’s undeniable that his playmaking would be much more valuable in a wing-based system in LA than with Minnesota’s big lineups.
For the Wolves – some shooting and defensive help would be the name of the game in this trade. Kennard and Covington are both streaky shooters, but Covington’s defense would be valuable at his position, taking some pressure off of Jaden McDaniels to defend the perimeter.