Minnesota is likely to be on the outside looking in next season as far as the playoff bracket is concerned. An underwhelming offseason where your biggest additions are Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier with do that for you. Losing Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Dario Saric, and Tyus Jones hurts an already thin team. Jeff Teague is on the injury shelf. The wolfpack needs to make some moves to stay relevant in a harsh Western Conference.
One trade the Timberwolves could make to form a Superteam all depends on the San Antonio Spurs willingness to engage in trade talks. The way I see they have already actively been trying to trade DeMar DeRozan while LaMarcus Aldridge reportedly wants out. These are arguably the two best players on the Spurs unless you’re super high on Derrick White. The Timberwolves could pull this trade-off for the star duo by parting ways with Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, Jarrett Culver, and future 1st and 2nd round picks.
Blockbuster Trade Idea
The Spurs Receive: Andrew Wiggins, Jeff Teague, Robert Covington, a future 1st round pick and a future 2nd round pick
The Timberwolves Receive: DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge
The Timberwolves would be a powerhouse in the West. A new big 3 of DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Karl-Anthony Towns. Guys like Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier round out a very solid starting five. The bench includes names like Jake Layman, Jordan Bell, Treveon Graham, and Josh Okogie. A very deep team in a heavy West.
The Timberwolves and Andrew Wiggins have not been an amazing marriage. Cut the ties and move on. Wiggins seems to have regressed year by year. Jeff Teague is a solid player when healthy, but right now he is not available. Jarrett Culver would be a tough piece to part with all the offensive upside. Robert Covington is arguably the teams best defender, but you need to give to get in this league.
The Spurs would be getting a similar piece in Robert Covington that they had in Danny Green years back. An elite 3 and D guy. Andrew Wiggins can refine his game with the help of the Spurs trainers. A new location could do this young wing with star stock some good. Jeff Teague is a nice veteran guard to mentor the young guards like Derrick White and Dejounte Murray. His leadership is invaluable to a young team.
Jarrett Culver has star potential and could fit in seamlessly with the Spurs. Maybe, not start right away, but as a sixth man, Culver could thrive. This Spurs team is very top-heavy needing depth. The Spurs starting five would look like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, and Jakob Poeltl. Moving Gay to the bench on the second unit with names like Jeff Teague, Bryn Forbes, Jarrett Culver, Trey Lyles, Lonnie Walker, Patty Mills, and DeMarre Carroll. Moving on from two stars who do not fit your present direction makes sense. The Spurs do not seem to be committed to DeRozan and Aldridge seems not committed to the Spurs. Let’s give these stars a chance to contend elsewhere and go young.