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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1. KAT heads to Big Apple

Towns has been most linked to the New York Knicks this summer. They want to trade for a star and have the draft capital to accomplish it. How much can Minnesota get out of the Knicks?

New York has plenty of options in the salary-matching department. The Timberwolves have to choose between R.J. Barrett and Julius Randle as the centerpiece before nailing down what ancillary pieces are involved. Minnesota opts for additional draft capital to make further moves in this deal.

Barrett has averaged 19.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in the last two seasons combined and just turned 23 in June. He could blossom into an All-Star. The Wolves also get Mitch Rob with the picks. Robinson could be used in a future trade or become part of their big-man rotation. Either way, the Knicks give up enough that Minnesota can hunt for a star point guard on the trade market.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in no rush to trade Karl-Anthony Towns or Rudy Gobert, but they could reach that point before February’s deadline. It is difficult to play two big men as other teams focus on floor spacing. The Wolves may be forced to make a deal, and the return will determine their future, so stay tuned.

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