The Minnesota Timberwolves have failed to reach their goals for the past couple of seasons despite having two of the best young players in the game and a supporting cast that looks good on paper.
Long story short, the Wolves are missing a piece, and will likely stay stuck in the middle until they fill it.
Bleacher Report’s Preston Ellis recently suggested a trade that would require Minnesota to send Jeff Teague, Gorgui Dieng, a top-eight protected 2020 first-round pick, and a pair of other future second-round picks to Toronto for Kyle Lowry.
Is Lowry the link they’ve been searching for?
“With two years and $33.5 million remaining on his deal, Gorgui Dieng looms as the holdup in this transaction that has Minnesota’s 2020 first-rounder as the carrot to entice Raptors president Masai Ujiri. Teague keeps the Raptors afloat and comes off the books in the summer of 2020 along with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. If the Raptors wish to contend in the eastern conference with these three expiring veterans they can certainly do that and be gifted a significant amount of cap space in 2020 for their trouble. Or, they can move from their expirings collecting inflated contracts attached to assets for their trouble.”
At 33-years-old, Kyle Lowry certainly would not be the future franchise cornerstone for the Wolves.
Rather, his Championship experience and outside scoring ability would help create space for guys like Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to work. Last season, Lowry averaged 14.2 points and 8.7 assists as he helped lead the Raptors to an NBA Finals victory.
His role would change dramatically in Minnesota, but it might just be a partnership that could work if he is willing to accept it.