When the Minnesota Timberwolves sent multiple picks and players to the Utah Jazz for All-Star center Rudy Gobert, the fair market value of a number of players who were pushing hard for trades skyrocketed, and the NBA Trade market experienced a bit of a recession. Sure, some trades continued on, but one NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets, who had begun to negotiate the trade of two NBA stars in both Kyrie Irving and Keven Durant, was forced to table those plans for the time being.
Well, it most definitely looks like NBA Trades are a thing again, as the Brooklyn Nets have pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that sends star NBA guard Kyrie Irving (EDITOR’S NOTE: And Markieff Morris, as revealed in a subsequent report) to the Dallas Mavericks for the likes of two players: Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddle, and a first and second-round pick in the distant future: 2029
Yes, you are reading that correctly. That is the 2029 NBA Draft. Talk about future planning.
Now, the NBA Trade market is set once again. With the price of a true NBA star dropping from the lofty price that the Timberwolves paid to this new, much lower, market price, should we expect the logjam to be broken?
I expect so. Whereas the Minnesota Timberwolves exchange inflated the cost of just about every player in the NBA, this trade is the equivalent of a deep discount, a 50 percent off, a way to put a lot of NBA teams that had balked at those out-of-reach prices back into the NBA Trade game.
What does this mean for the Minnesota Timberwolves?
Watch who the Brooklyn Nets will waive as a result of this trade
With this move, the Brooklyn Nets pick up two players who may or may not be in their future plans. What does that mean in terms of their roster? Well, they may be in a position to either trade or outright cut one player as a result. That means that the Minnesota Timberwolves would be very wise to monitor the Nets in terms of who they may be parting ways with.
Does this help or hurt the Nets? There is no doubt that the production of Kyrie Irving on the basketball court is not getting replaced in this trade. But many have weighed in and are glad to see Irving move, as he has earned a reputation for being a problem for NBA teams. Time will tell.
Timberwolves players are a premium now
Now that Dallas Mavericks have pulled the trigger to improve their roster, you can expect other NBA Western Conference teams to follow suit. The Mavericks are 28-26, but this move was clearly intended to push for a playoff run. Now, the pressure is on other teams, like the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, and others to improve their own roster. And many of those teams have in fact been sniffing around the Minnesota Timberwolves for help.
This could be the snowflake that triggers an avalanche of trades before the deadline, and for all intents and purposes, many of the hottest NBA rumors involve the Minnesota Timberwolves
Stay tuned and buckle up! Business is picking up.