The Minnesota Timberwolves have a spectacular talent on their roster in Karl-Anthony Towns. KAT is a two-way player who is not even in his prime yet. With the potential to be one of the best players in the league, Towns could certainly use some help if the Wolves want to keep him happy where he is.
Despite trading for Jimmy Butler, and utilizing Andrew Wiggins alongside Towns, the Wolves have not been able to make any noise in the West.
Butler was not happy with the attitude of both Wiggins and Towns, and even Wiggins does not look like a perfect fit next to Towns.
KAT needs teammates who both want to play with him, and also prosper alongside Towns. A solid mix of scoring and All-Star power will greatly assist Towns in winning games, and also keep him happy in Minnesota.
To make this happen, Minnesota must include a package involving a mix of Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, Gorgui Dieng, Josh Okogie, Jarrett Culver, and a mix of first and second Round Picks. While all the players are not required, Minnesota will have to offer a solid blend of these players and picks to make deals happen.
Here are the five players who can help Karl-Anthony Towns immediately.
5. Bradley Beal
Why he fits with KAT: Beal is a scoring All-Star who will prosper next to a dominant inside player like Towns. Towns will attract constant double-teams and will free up Bradley Beal for easier looks for the first time in his career. Even when playing with Wall, he never had an inside threat and was often left to create his own shot.
With a dominant player like Towns, Beal can form a powerful 1-2 punch that will make one of the best little-big duos in the world.
Why the Wizards should trade him: The Wizards should be aware enough that Beal might want out soon. He has had no success in Washington, and might not be a perfect fit alongside John Wall who will miss at least most of the season.
Instead of losing him for nothing, Minnesota can move him for a solid package involving Andrew Wiggins and some picks. Washington can build around Wiggins and also re-tool for a culture change.
4. DeMar DeRozan
Why he fits with KAT: DeRozan is an All-Star player who can average over 20 points per game thanks to his great mid-range and slashing game. DeRozan will likely prosper next to Towns, who is a younger and much better player than LaMarcus Aldridge.
Towns can score both on the inside and the outside, and adding an offensive beast in DeRozan will make them both tough to handle. Both guys can attract double-teams, and a potential duo of Towns and DeRozan will make the Wolves a deadly team to face.
Why the Spurs should trade him: The Spurs might want to re-tool with some quality young players and picks to add to their collection which includes Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker. Adding guys like Culver or Okogie is perfect, while a guy like Robert Covington is a perfect 3-and-D player who fits in the Spurs system.
It might be clear, especially as the season starts, that DeRozan and Aldridge might not be enough for the Spurs to progress up the West standings.
3. Chris Paul
Why he fits with KAT: Jeff Teague is a decent player, but he pales in comparison to Chris Paul when it comes to leadership at the point guard position. CP3 is still one of the best floor generals in the league, and he can help KAT improve his game tremendously on both ends. At the very least, KAT will feed off of Paul’s defensive leadership and experience.
When it comes to adding star quality, few are better than Paul in NBA history.
Why the Thunder should trade him: The Thunder are in a clear rebuild, and will love the idea of adding a guy like Josh Okogie or Jarrett Culver and an expiring contract in Gorgui Dieng.
Cap space, picks, and a young player to build around is a perfect return for the Russell Westbrook-for-Chris Paul trade.
2. Kevin Love
Why he fits with KAT: Love and KAT complement each other’s games very well, since they can both score from the inside and the outside. As a matter of fact, they are very effective three-point shooters who will keep defenders honest from deep. What will make them great together is their ability to dominate the boards, and this aspect will make the Wolves a major threat in the West.
Big guys who can rebound and shoot from the perimeter is a luxury that almost no team can afford at the moment.
Why the Cavaliers should trade him: The Cavs are in a clear rebuild mode, and will want a mix of an expiring contract in Dieng along with a young player and draft picks. Love clearly does not fit in the Cavaliers plans, and might actually stunt the growth of young players by taking shots as the main focal point of the offense.
Not to mention, Love might actually help them win games which might not help their strategy of tanking.
1. Blake Griffin
Why he fits with KAT: Griffin is a post-player who has developed an effective perimeter shot. Grifin is a bonafide All-Star player who will provide toughness and physicality to match the finesse game of Towns. The Wolves can also sport a lineup with two bigs who can space the floor, and set the trend with starting 5 guys on the floor who can shoot at one time.
Both players can attract double-teams, and this will make the Wolves particularly tough to beat once they start creating for other players as well. Other players will also start to become interested in joining the Wolves as well.
Why the Pistons should trade him: The twin-towers lineup for the Pistons might not work considering that Andre Drummond cannot shoot a lick. The Pistons might want to reset, and start to build around a strong perimeter player and some draft picks.
Dieng will likely be used as an expiring contract in the trade, although they would love Andrew Wiggins and some valuable picks. Griffin also might become unsettled soon with the Pistons, and moving him early might be the best option.