Timberwolves Rumors: Mike Conley Jr. tops list of PG targets

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If you are the Minnesota Timberwolves, you are reluctant to enter any trade discussions in the hopes of improving your NBA roster through an exchange with another team because, quite frankly, the Timberwolves have all but exhausted their easily tradeable assets. With few picks at their disposal and an injury-riddled roster, there really doesn’t seem to be any spare change lying around for this team.

In order to acquire the rights to former Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, the Minnesota Timberwolves packaged four first-round draft picks plus five players. What the team has left is basically next to nothing, at least in terms of tradeable picks.  That does not bode well for the Timberwolves, at least in terms of trying to move the needle at upgrading a position or a rotation that is not hitting the mark.

Timberwolves: Time to go shopping for a PG?

So what options do the Timberwolves have for trades at their point guard position? Not as many as they might prefer. The problem for the Timberwolves is that they need someone who can play the role of both a starting point guard, but also a player who can come off the bench just as willingly and effectively.

And then there is the matter of economics. If the Timbewolves are interested in trading for a bona fide point guard, they will need to set realistic expectations. Right now, the team has much less to offer to any potential trade partner, unless the exchange becomes a three-way trade and involves one of the Timberwolves’ more valued players. But if there is a will, there will be a way.

Minnesota Timberwolves rumors this season have not just been based on random what-if scenarios. The Timberwolves are one of the NBA bubble teams, a team whose appearance in the 2023 NBA Playoffs depends upon how well the team plays in the second half of the 2022-23 NBA season. Unfortunately, injuries have plagued the Timberwolves roster so far this season, and the best option to get things back on track appears to be the NBA Trade or free agent markets: