Would this swap help the Timberwolves?
The Minnesota Timberwolves rank 19th in offensive rating and 15th in defensive rating. Adding Kyle Lowry could potentially make a difference in both areas, as he is a better fit offensively with the rest of the core and he has always been a galvanizing force defensively for his teams.
On offense, Minnesota is best served by the ball being in the hands of either Anthony Edwards or Karl-Anthony Towns. That doesn’t mean D’Angelo Russell’s creation is bad, but he can’t run a heliocentric system around his creation when his teammates are even better with the ball. Yet move Russell off the ball and his value craters, even with the effort he has put into improving his shot.
Kyle Lowry has made a career of thriving off of other lead creators, whether that was DeMar DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard, or Jimmy Butler. He is a career 36.7 percent 3-point shooter who has hit a number of big shots. He is also not afraid to set screens or cut off-ball. He would help the Wolves’ offense flow better.
Defensively, Lowry is a ballhawk who knows just when to swipe at the ball for a steal or drop into a passing lane to disrupt a pass. He is also one of the league’s premier charge-takers, and that kind of defensive energy is infectious. The Wolves lost Patrick Beverley and his leadership on that end; getting Lowry would help to bring that back.
Would this trade help the Timberwolves? Yes, it would, especially for this year and next. After that, the erosions into Kyle Lowry’s game that we have seen thus far would likely grow too great, but for now, he has the experience and the game to help both sides of the ball just work better. This is a deal the Wolves should at least consider.