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The Minnesota Timberwolves were once a team poised to make the playoffs. The Wolves started off the season with an 8-4 record and Karl-Anthony Towns was playing like an MVP candidate.

Since then, they have gone 2-11 and are in the midst of a 7-game losing streak. Despite this horrid streak, the Wolves are still the 10th seed in the Western Conference and are just a game back of the 8th seed. If they want to get out of this funk, a trade must happen soon. As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, “The Minnesota Timberwolves would reportedly like an upgrade at point guard.”

Currently, for the Wolves, Jarrett Culver has been their starting point guard and Jeff Teague has been the back-up. Culver is a rookie playing out-of-position and Teague has been average at best. Point Guard is a big need for the Wolves and here are 5 players at that position that they could trade for.

 

Frank Ntilikina

The Knicks have virtually made everyone available and the Wolves should jump on this opportunity. Frank has had an up and down career so far with the Knicks and a change of scenery could be the one thing that could put him on the right track. A potential trade would be Frank Ntilikina in exchange for Josh Okogie and a heavily protected first-round pick.

For the Knicks, Okogie could become an impactful player for you as a defender. Ntilikina is due for an extension in 2 years so this trade allows you to get something for him.

For the Wolves, Ntilikina can be extremely valuable to them as a defender. Frank’s offense could also improve as he will be playing off of KAT and Wiggins. These two should get him more open looks and make it easier for him to score.

 

Dennis Schroder

(via sports.yahoo.com)

Similar to Chris Paul, Schroder is another point guard that the Thunder have made available and he could find great success on the Wolves. Schroder is having a great year for the Thunder off the bench so far as he is averaging 17 points on a career-high 46.1% shooting from the field. A potential trade would be Dennis Schroder in exchange for Jeff Teague and a future 2nd round pick.

For the Thunder, you can acquire a future pick for Schroder that could potentially become an impactful player. For the Wolves, Schroder provides you with a point guard who excels at scoring. This added scoring should help to alleviate pressure off of KAT and Andrew Wiggins.

 

Jrue Holiday

(via The Bird Writes)

After a huge off-season, the Pelicans were a team that many expected to be fun to watch this year. This has not been the case as the Pelicans are the 14th seed in the West with a 6-21 record. With this, it would be smart for the Pelicans to move on from veteran Jrue Holiday as he doesn’t fit their timeline.

After a rocky start to the season, Holiday has improved and is averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 assists on 45.4% shooting from the field. A potential trade would be Jrue Holiday in exchange for Jeff Teague, Jarrett Culver, and a protected first-round pick or Holiday for Robert Covington, Gorgui Dieng, and a future first-round pick.

For the Pelicans, the first trade allows you to get young talent for Holiday. Culver is someone who can play the shooting guard or small forward position and can turn into a great co-teammate to Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson. The 2nd trade would give the Pelicans veteran players to have alongside your young players. The key to having a successful rebuild is to have a mixture of young talent and veterans who can alleviate the pressure off of said young players. This trade, at the very least, gets you a first-round pick as well as more trade assets.

For the Wolves, this trade gives you a great veteran guard in Jrue Holiday. Holiday is one of the best defensive guards and if you are doing the first trade, having him and Covington in the starting lineup would create an amazing defensive duo. Holiday is also a great scorer and someone who can create for others. He has shown that he plays well alongside amazing big men so playing alongside KAT, he should have success.

 

Chris Paul

(via Bleacher Report)

Chris Paul has had a great season for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Currently, he is averaging 15.6 points and 6.3 assists on 45.4% shooting from the field and 35.2% from the field. Paul has proven to be a good mentor to the young players on the team and is a big reason as to why the Thunder are currently fighting for a playoff spot.

The Thunder has made it known that they are looking to move on from him and the Wolves should jump on this opportunity. A potential trade would be Chris Paul in exchange for Jeff Teague, Gorgui Dieng, and a heavily protected first-round pick.

For the Thunder, you will be getting off of Chris Paul’s massive contract as well as being able to successfully tank. With this trade, they would also fall out of the playoff race and this helps them secure a top pick as well as helps the Wolves get back into the playoff race.

For the Wolves, Chris Paul would be an amazing addition to your team. CP3 can initiate the offense, control the tempo, and create for others. The veteran mindset that he brings will help this team to get back on the right track and get out of this slump.

 

D’Angelo Russell

(via Bleacher Report)

Russell was heavily pursued by the Wolves before he ultimately agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors. On the Warriors this season, D’Angelo is having similar success to last season as he is averaging 21.5 points and 6.2 assists on 42.5% shooting from the field.

Trading D-Lo may be something that the Warriors look to do as the fit with Russell and Curry is questionable. A potential trade would be D’Angelo Russell in exchange for Robert Covington, Jeff Teague, Jarrett Culver, and a future 1st and 2nd round pick.

For the Warriors, this trade gives you much-needed depth and veterans who can help you in a future playoff run. Teague could provide playmaking off the bench and Covington would be an excellent 3-D player alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson once they return for injury. Culver could be used alongside their upcoming first-round pick to acquire a star player or both could be excellent players for the future.

For the Wolves, Russell and KAT are very good friends and have chemistry. D’Angelo Russel adds much-needed scoring at the point guard position and should alleviate the offensive pressure from KAT and Wiggins. Rusell also signed an extension this past offseason so the trio of D-Lo, Wiggins, and KAT can grow together for many years to come.

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