3. Timberwolves get All-Star point guard in blockbuster
Does Minnesota go for an All-Star point guard to upgrade over Mike Conley? Anthony Edwards, Jaden McDaniels, and Rudy Gobert are the makings of a strong defensive unit, and the Timberwolves can afford to have a subpar option mixed in.
Could they pull off a superstar challenge trade? They do not happen often in the NBA, but this feels like the perfect case where both teams need to shake up their cores to take the next step. The Mavs get involved to solve the Hawks’ big-man issues in this three-team blockbuster.
Bill Simmons ranked KAT 19 spots higher than Ice Trae in his latest trade value rankings. Is that enough to garner a first-round pick from Atlanta? The Timberwolves would certainly ask, and the Hawks might just do it if they believe they cannot build a title challenger around Young.
Minnesota gives up Towns and Jordan McLaughlin to get Trae Young and two draft picks. This trade solves the Timberwolves’ ball-handling and playmaking issues, gives them another All-Star, and increases their draft capital to make future moves.
This may be the perfect trade for Minnesota, but the Hawks have resisted trading Trae Young for anything less than top dollar. The Timberwolves do not need to overpay for a defensively challenged point guard, but it is worth exploring.