5 Recently traded players the Timberwolves should've snagged themselves

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3. Alec Burks

One of the most sought-after players on the trade market, Alec Burks was dealt to the New York Knicks alongside Bojan Bogdanovic for multiple players and two second-round picks.

The 32-year-old wing had spent the entire season coming off the bench for the lowly Detroit Pistons. In 43 appearances, zero starts, Burks had averaged 12.6 points on 39.4 percent shooting from the floor and 40.1 percent shooting from downtown.

Burks' improved 3-point volume and percentage led to numerous suitors being interested in the veteran wing. He's shot above 37.0 percent from three since 2018, but he's never taken the amount of triples as he has this season ever before. This year, Burks is knocking down 2.3 of his 5.7 attempts from deep.

Other than his invaluable 3-point marksmanship, Burks is also an above-average off-the-dribble scorer in the mid-range. The former Piston is knocking down 43.6 percent of his pull-up two-point attempts. And, when he launches it from the 10-to-16-foot range, he's shooting 46.3 percent.

Burks is not a one-dimensional scorer. He provides an exciting mix of standstill and off-the-bounce production. Unlike a majority of non-stars in the NBA, Burks has a penchant for drawing fouls. Of all players to start less than 15 games this season, Burks ranks first in free throws made and free throws attempted.

The newest Knick is a versatile offensive weapon who's also had experience initiating the offense. While it's better to use Burks as a secondary playmaker, he's spent time operating as the primary ball handler in the past.

At 6-foot-6, Burks can slot in at three, or even four positions. His versatility makes him an intriguing option for all contenders. Just three seasons ago, Burks spent about a third of his time playing point guard for New York.

In Minnesota, Burks would do less initiating and more standstill shooting. With the addition of Morris, the reserve floor general is solidified. The veteran wing would fill in between Morris and Alexander-Walker, offering the Wolves with yet another scoring option off the bench.