5 blockbuster trades for Timberwolves to capitalize on Anthony Edwards’ greatness: RJ Barrett
If the Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to spread out their asset pool and break up their double-big lineup, dealing Karl-Anthony Towns to the New York Knicks could provide a solution
Adding two young pieces named RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley would help the Timberwolves maximize the talent around their young star shooting guard Anthony Edwards by acquiring more depth.
Barrett would step in as the team’s new starting small forward, pairing with Jaden McDaniels to form a defensive-minded wing group with a solid secondary scoring punch.
Quickley could take over as the team’s starting point guard, or he could come off the bench behind Mike Conley for a year, resuming his role as one of the league’s best sixth men.
Meanwhile, the two first-round picks Minnesota would get back in the deal would help them replenish their draft cabinet after they traded so many selections in the Gobert deal.
As for the Knicks, landing Towns would form a new Big 3 with him, Jalen Brunson, and Julius Randle, raising their ceiling in a tough Eastern Conference.
With the depth they secured this summer, re-signing Josh Hart and signing Donte DiVincenzo in free agency, they can afford to make a consolidation move, and this would be just that.
Potential starting lineups
Timberwolves: Mike Conley, Anthony Edwards, RJ Barrett, Jaden McDaniels, Rudy Gobert
Knicks: Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart, Julius Randle, Karl-Anthony Towns