NBA Western Conference teams just got better
Forward Kevin Durant is back in the Western Conference, having been traded to the Phoenix Suns. The LA Lakers sent guard Russell Westbrook to the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade, and the LA Clippers are expected to sign him after a buy-out is reached. While in the process, the Timberwolves shipped point guard D’Angelo Russell back to the team that drafted him in the 2015 NBA draft, the Lakers.
In return, the Timberwolves added both veteran PG Mike Conley Jr and SG Nickeil Alexander-Walker to their roster. And the Timberwolves picked up three future second-round picks for good measure. That comes just in time because the Timberwolves need to sting some victories together.
Ready or not, here we come
But if you asked Anthony Edwards, the Wolves are prepared for the challenge:
"“I’m a competitor,” said Edwards. “I feel like I’m just as good as any one of those guys that got traded. And I feel like I can guard any one of them. They got KD, but we got Jaden McDaniels. We here for it, man. We young.” – Anthony Edwards per interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio"
With All-Star Weekend now in the books, the pressure is on; the Timberwolves are entering the last quarter of the season, and the Timberwolves are still without their 3x NBA All-Star, Karl-Anthony Towns, who continues to be sidelined with a grade three (calf) strain.
Tim Connelly reported that Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns remains sidelined indefinitely but could return in late March, all of which is very good news for a new-look Timberwolves team who have added Mike Conley Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker to their backcourt.