The Minnesota Timbewolves traded four first-round draft picks to the Utah Jazz as part of the compensation to acquire center Rudy Gobert. But this is not an article about those picks. Instead, let’s focus on the players who were sent packing to the Utah Jazz.
They were: Rookie center Walker Kessler, power forward Jarred Vanderbilt, shooting guard Malki Beasley, point guard Patrick Beverley, and finally shooting guard Leandro Bolmaro. Since that trade, the Jazz had traded Beverley to the LA Lakers. Now, it appears that the Jazz organization has two more former Minnesota Timberwolves players on the trade block before the trade deadline:
Per Hoops Hype author Michael Scotto, the Jazz is willing to part with either Beasley or Vanderbilt for an offer of one first-round draft pick respectively.
The Minnesota Timberwolves cannot trade for former players this year, so even if the Timberwolves could come up with an asking price of a first-round draft pick, they would be prevented by the NBA rules from doing so.
But it does point to the fact that the Utah Jazz are building a war chest of draft picks, or attempting to do so, to synchronize the acquisition of multiple elite players in the not-so-distant future. Rumors are that Beasley is hoping to remain with the Jazz, and is eager for the team to pick up his option for next season.
Meanwhile, the latest Minnesota Timberwolves rumors are now resurfacing over trade talks between the Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. The discussions are likely centered upon the exchange where the Nuggets take G D’Angelo Russell and the Timberwolves take G Bones Hyland.
The Athletic’s Shams Charnia reports that the Nuggets are in active trade talks to part ways with Hyland, and names the Timberwolves as one of the teams that are in those discussions. The NBA Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away, so any intended moves by NBA teams will need to happen very quickly. Stay tuned . . .