Well, it looks as if the Minnesota Timberwolves will have to make some huge franchise-altering decisions. As reported by Ethan Strauss of the Athletic, he hints that Karl-Anthony Towns is “unhappy” with the Wolves. In his article, he writes that “The Golden State Warriors have been monitoring Towns’ situation in Minnesota. He’s under contract until 2023-24 but has less reason than Antetokounmpo to be thrilled with his team’s trajectory.”
Fans of the Wolves have dealt with multiple drafting mistakes, questionable trades, and constant drama for a long time now. Many people look at KAT’s situation sand compare it to Kevin Garnett’s situation that occurred more than a decade ago. Similar to Towns, the Wolves failed at surrounding Garnett with the pieces necessary to win a championship and thus, Garnett was traded to the Celtics and found instant success there.
Despite interest by many teams, the Wolves have deemed Karl untouchable but, there is one team that looks to have enough assets to make this blockbuster trade happen and history could repeat itself.
The Boston Celtics have been a staple in the NBA for more than half a century and have continued to have success. Currently sitting as the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics look like a team poised to make a run in the playoffs. They have done an incredible job constructing their team by drafting well, signing key players, and finessing opposing teams with big trades.
Despite all of this, the Celtics still aren’t seen as title contenders by many. With the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, it will be tough for the Celtics to make the finals. If they want to improve their chances of winning a title this year, they must make a blockbuster trade and KAT should be their main target.
A potential blockbuster trade would be Karl-Anthony Towns in exchange for Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Daniel Theis, the 2020 First-Round Pick from the Memphis Grizzlies and Boston’s first-round picks in 2020 and 2022.
This trade would allow the Timberwolves to hit a full reset. Jayson Tatum is a star in the making and would be able to improve his game on the Wolves. Currently, he is averaging 21.2 points and 7 rebounds per game as the 2nd/3rd option on the Celtics. The Wolves could pair him alongside Wiggins or look to ship him for more assets. This trade would give the Wolves a franchise player in Tatum and potentially multiple top-10 picks in this year’s draft with their own and Memphis’s pick if it is outside of the top 6.
Marcus Smart would be an amazing 3-D player and even if he isn’t in your future plans, you could still flip him for a young player and draft capital. Speaking of draft capital, this trade would give the Wolves multiple picks in 4 out of the next 7 drafts, including this year. Having this much draft capital, along with a franchise player in Tatum could be enough to lure big-name free agents to Minnesota.
The Boston Celtics could go from a potential 2nd-round exit to championship aspirations with this trade. KAT is averaging 26.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game on 51.4% from the field and 41.8% from the three-point line. He is arguably one of the most offensively skilled centers we have ever seen in the NBA and would drastically improve an already great offense. Putting KAT on a winning team could improve his game even further as it would lessen the offensive burden on him.
The emergence of Jaylen Brown this season makes Tatum expendable to an extent and this team would be amazing for many years to come. Having a Brown, Towns, and Walker trio surrounded by key veterans should be enough to make it out of the East. Looking at other teams, the Bucks don’t have that 2nd/3rd go-to guy in the playoffs if teams focus in on Giannis and the Sixers have a weirdly constructed roster that hampers what Simmons and Embiid can do offensively. Miami and Toronto may not be able to stop that Celtics trio so, with this trade, we could see Boston in the finals this June.