The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stuck in limbo since drafting Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite having an above-average roster on paper, the team has been unable to capitalize on their collection of talent.
For the Raptors, as they come off an NBA Championship, they will have to find out how to stay competitive in the East after losing their best player.
Fortunately, there is a way both teams can help each other. Here is a trade Bleacher Report‘s Zach Buckley suggested in a recent article:
Kawhi Leonard’s departure was just the first of what could be a number of sweeping changes for the champs. Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are all on expiring deals. While TSN’s Josh Lewenberg reported the Raptors “have no intention of moving them,” he added the caveat of “at least not before the season.”
Why wouldn’t Toronto be open to change? The 30-somethings won’t be around for the long haul, and the Raptors already have Lowry’s replacement in Fred VanVleet.
If the Wolves can get the veteran floor general, they should. He topped their wish list in 2017, per SiriusXM NBA’s Mitch Lawrence, and he might still be up there considering RPM valued him as a top-15 player and last season’s No. 5 point guard.
The swap would help move the progression of each team’s current direction. The full proposal includes Lowry for Andrew Wiggins, Jake Layman, and a 2020 first-round pick (lottery protected).
At the very least, it sounds like a deal worthy of consideration — especially as the season moves forward, and both teams find out what they really have…