Karl-Anthony Towns’ future with the Minnesota Timberwolves is still relatively uncertain. While President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly has stated that the team’s plan is to have KAT return for next season, there is always the chance they find a trade offer too good to resist.
Rumblings from around the league have made it appear that a trade could be in the works as well. If the Timberwolves do decide they want to trade Towns, there is a much greater chance they would do it in the offseason rather than in-season. So if we make it to opening night without a trade going down, odds are that KAT will be remaining in Minnesota.
In the meantime, trade proposals are still running rampant. The latest of which came from Bleacher Report, who imagined a deal between the Wolves and Dallas Mavericks. One does not have to look at this trade for long before realizing how crippling it would be from Minnesota’s perspective.
This trade would be a disaster for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
It seems like a bit of a long shot for Minnesota to trade Karl-Anthony Towns at this point anyway, with talk of how the organization is interested in running their current roster back. But if the Timberwolves were to bite on a deal, it would have to be worth their while. This trade does not return nearly enough for the talented big man.
For starters, Christian Wood is not a viable long-term solution for Minnesota’s frontcourt, and he is a considerably worse fit next to Rudy Gobert than Towns. If Wolves fans were dissatisfied with Karl-Anthony Towns’ defense before, they would be even more disgruntled with Wood’s defensive shortcomings.
Unless they were looking to flip him at the deadline or package him in a subsequent trade, there is very little chance the Timberwolves would be interested in Christian Wood. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Jaden Hardy are rotation-caliber players, but it is hard to picture either of them earning much playing time with how many capable scoring guards Minnesota has on its roster now.
The 2027 unprotected first-round pick is arguably the only worthwhile piece in this trade, but it is still not enough. Any deal the Wolves make for KAT will have to include multiple first-rounders for it to be fair value. If Minnesota is actually receiving calls about trades resembling this one, they would do well to hang up the phone as quickly as possible.