The Minnesota Timberwolves have some difficult decisions to make this season. They did not trade for Rudy Gobert to get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Anthony Edwards is becoming a star, and the Wolves have to build a title contender around him. Winning with two big men is difficult and could put Karl-Anthony Towns on the block.
It was a small sample size with KAT and Gobert playing together because of injury. Towns suited up for just 34 games. Minnesota could give it another chance, but ESPN believes KAT will be discussed before the trade deadline.
The Wolves would likely split up their two big men in hopes of adding at a position of need. Minnesota has internal options to pick up the slack for Towns, but who could they acquire to push them into the title picture?
Players Minnesota Timberwolves might replace Karl-Anthony Towns with by the trade deadline
5. Spencer Dinwiddie
This is the worst-case scenario for the Timberwolves. Towns has averaged just 47 games per season over the last four. If KAT is struggling to stay healthy, teams could be worried about giving up a massive haul as he begins a five-year $158.2 million extension. The Wolves may have to settle for a strong package of picks and a couple of role players if they are set on making a trade.
Dinwiddie is an underrated player. He averaged 17.3 points, 6.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 34.5 minutes per game last season. The 6’5 guard is comfortable starting or being the sixth man. He shot over 40 percent from 3-point range with the Mavericks playing primarily off the ball and averaged 9.1 assists per game after being traded to the Nets. Dinwiddie can fill multiple roles and helped Dallas reach the conference finals in 2022.
The Minnesota Timberwolves want more for Karl-Anthony Towns, but getting Spencer Dinwiddie, two wings, and multiple first-round picks would be a strong enough offer to make them a contender with the draft capital to add another piece.