5 Timberwolves who could be traded before the deadline

These Timberwolves could be on the move before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyle Anderson, Anthony Edwards
Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kyle Anderson, Anthony Edwards / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Kyle Anderson

Anderson’s minutes are down this season as he serves as the Timberwolves sixth man. The 6’9 forward has a versatile skill set and fits on virtually any roster. Through 32 games, he averaged 6.7 points, 4.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 23.2 minutes per contest. His scoring is down as Anderson has struggled to make shots, but he is still a valuable contributor.

The 30-year-old is on a $9.2 million expiring contract, and the Timberwolves have a crucial decision to make about his future. They have $185.3 million committed in salaries for next season already without Mike Conley or Anderson on the books. Minnesota needs a starting point guard and signing one likely pushes them over the second tax apron. Are they willing to give Anderson $10 million per season and push further over that threshold?

If the Wolves plan on letting him walk in free agency, they should trade Anderson before the deadline and recoup some value. Getting a 6’9 playmaker who can defend multiple positions would be attractive to multiple contenders. Kyle Anderson has value, but the franchise wants to maximize their roster and contend for a title.

Trading him only makes sense if the Minnesota Timberwolves are upgrading their roster. Finding the right deal won’t be easy, but expect their front office to explore things before the deadline.