The Minnesota Timberwolves have struggled to stay afloat and fight for a playoff berth this season, especially with Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined for more than 10 games with a knee injury.
There were several reports pointing that Towns was unhappy in Minnesota and would try and force a trade, but that seems highly unlikely considering the franchise continues to try and build around him.
And now that they cleared a roster spot by trading Jeff Teague away, the Timberwolves are likely to stay very active in trade talks to try and make a late push for a playoff spot.
So, apparently, one of their prime targets would be Aaron Gordon, who the Orlando Magic have been quietly trying to shop for years:
“One team that makes sense for Gordon is Minnesota, which called Orlando about Gordon this season, according to league sources. It’s unclear what precisely was offered, but Minnesota is shopping Robert Covington. Just imagine Gordon rolling down the lane, then kicking it out to Karl-Anthony Towns, who could shoot a 3 or attack the closeout. The Wolves don’t have a true playmaker, but they could acquire one in Gordon,” The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported.
Gordon’s talent, athleticism, and talent are undeniable as well as his upside. However, the fit next to Jonathan Isaac and Nikola Vucevic has always been a concern.
Also, he’d be a great fit next to Karl-Anthony Towns thanks to his ability to read opposing players as a defender, closeout as a helper, and even protect the rim, as Towns has never been an outstanding defender.
The Orlando Magic would get a major boost on the small forward spot with Robert Covington, a top-notch 3-and-D guy that could fill in for the injured Jonathan Isaac and help them with their playoff push, so this could definitely be a win-win scenario.