3. Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte is definitely in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, so getting off of Gordon Hayward’s contract, which goes through next season, would certainly be appealing for their rebuild.
For Minnesota, it’s hard to know how much Hayward has left given his injury history, but a healthy Hayward would be an intriguing fit in the Wolves’ offense. Hayward is certainly not a ball dominant wing and could provide some shooting and defensive support on the wing. It would also be extremely fun to have both McDaniels brothers on the same team.
4. Phoenix Suns
The Suns are in an interesting position right now. Given their current injury situation, it doesn’t appear that they will be contending for a title this season. Though that could change, it may be smart for the Suns to look to next summer’s free agent class.
Bridges would make a nice fit long term with the Wolves on an affordable contract. He’s a proven two-way player that would provide a much needed boost to the Wolves’ perimeter defense. At $20 million per year over the next four years, Bridges will be an affordable starting caliber player for the Wolves (especially when the cap increases), and given the state of the Wolves’ cap sheet, an affordable starter will be extremely valuable.
A trade for D’Angelo Russell will be difficult to pull off, and it’s difficult to imagine how other teams would value Russell in a trade, but these trade ideas are an attempt to map what a Russell trade may look like. This trade situation will certainly be worth monitoring in the coming weeks.