Are Minnesota Timberwolves fans bored without basketball games already? If you are looking for the latest excitement, then you need to turn no further than the latest wave of NBA rumors. While the NBA offseason is also known as the NBA crazy season, there are a few names and teams that pop up in the same narrative that make you pause and ponder: Does that make sense?
The latest name that has been mentioned in the same breath as the Minnesota Timberwolves is Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul. That’s right, the same Chris Paul that ired former Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley.
Perhaps some background would be a good idea. Yesterday, ESPN NBA staff writer Tim MacMahon wrote an article about the collapse of the Phoenix Suns in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, and what the team might do this offseason to restock the roster in order to compete in the 2023-24 NBA season. In fact, MacMahon stated point blank:
"“There is also wondering around the NBA, according to league sources, about whether Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton — two players who were driving forces in Phoenix’s run to the 2021 NBA Finals but were sidelined for Thursday’s elimination game — will wear a Suns uniform again.” – per Tim MacMahon in his How the Phoenix Suns could reshape their roster around Kevin Durant, Devin Booker article"
That’s cutting right to it.
NBA Rumors: Chris Paul to the Minnesota Timberwolves
As is always the case, any recognizable name in the NBA is ultimately going to be linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, and Chris Paul is no exception. But the Minnesota Timberwolves appear to be a runner-up in the Chris Paul sweepstakes. Does that make any sense? Well whatever we think, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the runner-up NBA team in the minds of forecasters to land Chris Paul, falling behind the Lakers.
Would the Minnesota Timberwolves explore a trade? Perhaps, but not just for Chris Paul. For this one, the Minnesota Timberwolves may want to wind up and hurl another blockbuster trade. What might that look like?
There are a lot of moving parts, and many of the players involved in this exchange are the names who have been or will be headlining the NBA for many years.
That’s a lot to digest. So let’s break this trade down into its components for each team: