Grade the trade: Timberwolves add Bucks All-Star in proposed deal

Karl-Anthony Towns, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Timberwolves trade grade: A

While we know that the Timberwolves are likely not looking to move off either Karl-Anthony Towns or Mike Conley right now, this is a very solid return for the duo. Positionally, Minnesota would be getting exactly what they need relative to what they lost.

The Wolves would be rolling out a starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, Bobby Portis and Rudy Gobert. That is an extremely talented and versatile lineup, particularly on the defensive end.

Minnesota would be making a major upgrade from a defensive standpoint at point guard. While Mike Conley is no slouch, Holiday has made all-defensive teams in each of his last three seasons with the Bucks. He would sure up a Timberwolves backcourt that would give opposing players major problems on offense.

Bobby Portis could likely fill in at starting power forward nicely as well. While he is a far cry from Karl-Anthony Towns offensively, he still shoots a respectable 38% from three for his career. He would provide enough spacing to prevent Rudy Gobert’s life from being miserable. The cherry on top of this deal for Minnesota is the additional two role players that can provide help off the bench as well.

Milwaukee Bucks trade grade: B

As good as this trade is for the Wolves, it likely works out nearly as well for the Bucks, too. While they would certainly miss the perimeter defensive prowess of Jrue Holiday, Mike Conley would bring his solid distributing and playmaking skills to Milwaukee’s starting five.

Karl-Anthony Towns would return to his more natural position at center. His unique offensive gravity would do wonders for Giannis, allowing him even more space to rampage down the lane to the basket.

The only thing that keeps this from being an A for Milwaukee as well is the loss of two additional players on the bench in Allen and Beauchamp. Without them, the Bucks’ rotation becomes ever so slightly thinner, and so does their margin for error.