5 Trades Timberwolves should make to split up Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert

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Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns
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2. Wolves get CP3 in Towns blockbuster

The Warriors acquired Chris Paul this summer in a surprise blockbuster that saw Jordan Poole head to Washington. It created questions about CP3’s fit in Golden State and how he will blend the Dubs’ core. Paul loves to run pick and rolls and attack the mid-range. Does he find a niche in the Bay Area? CP3 may have to come off the bench for the first time in his career and accept a lesser role, which won’t be seamless.

Golden State is concerned about future finances. They are facing a massive tax bill and are well over the second apron. The Dubs are focused on title contention, but for how long? Do they continue spending or try to trim their payroll? Golden State throws caution to the wind here and goes all-in on another championship.

Minnesota gets a massive haul for KAT that could help them contend immediately. Having a healthy CP3 run their offense should create plenty of easy buckets for Ant-Man and Rudy Gobert. GPII is a stout defender that fits right into the rotation, and the Timberwolves get draft capital to make more moves.

This is a gamble. The Minnesota Timberwolves would have to believe Chris Paul can stay healthy throughout the playoffs, and this is enough draft capital to add a key wing. It could pay off, but the franchise would love to get more for Karl-Anthony Towns.