NBA Rumors: ESPN Insiders agree to watch Wolves at 2024 NBA Trade Deadline

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If the ancient Greeks believed that the center of the known world (and at that time, the universe) was Delphi, Greece, then it falls to reason that the center of the NBA at the upcoming 2024 NBA Trade Deadline is the Minnesota Timberwolves. How so? Well, NBA experts, analysts, and pundits continue to point to the Timberwolves roster expecting the team to break up the frontcourt due to the investments made by the team already. And so far, that simply has not happened.

That may be the plan all along.

When the Timberwolves traded for All-Star center Rudy Gobert, I don’t believe that the Minnesota Timberwolves were not aware of the salary commitments that the team assumed with that trade. In fact, I suspect that the Timberwolves made the trade knowing full well that the feasible shelf life for the deal was no greater than the end of the 2023-24 NBA season.

NBA Rumors will persist for the Wolves this year

If the Minnesota Timberwolves roster fails to congeal this season, then there could be a lot of trade activity for the team in 2024.

But ESPN Insider Tim McMahon believes that the Minnesota Timberwolves will be far more active far sooner if the Wolves do not show up in a big way (pun intended) with their High Wall defense this season.  In fact, both McMahon and ESPN Insiders Jamal Collier and Marc Spears agree that the Minnesota Timberwolves are the team and power forward Karl-Anthony Towns is the player to watch at the 2024 NBA Deadline.

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With the Timberwolves struggling with injuries throughout the 2022-23 NBA season, many who casually follow the Timberwolves believe that the experiment of pairing Gobert with Towns is already a bust. In that type of setting, predicting a huge trade to absolve the team from the gaffe is an easy and expected prediction and one that three ESPN NBA analysts are eager to bite into.