Kevin Garnett is once again returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Or at least he intends to. KG has made moves to position himself to become the potential owner of the Timberwolves, something that Timberwolves fans will absolutely love. KG is a Timberwolves legend, and once won the MVP in 2004 as their superstar.
But KG becoming owner might be significant. The Timberwolves have some talent in the forms of Karl Anthony-Towns and the newly acquired D’Angelo Russell but lack any sort of killer instinct or intense competitiveness. KG might change that. Here are the 5 players that can realistically join the Timberwolves if KG becomes the owner.
5. Donovan Mitchell
24.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 45.3% FG
Donovan Mitchell has the makings of a young superstar because he plays the game with such confidence and at a very slow pace. Mitchell can score, and we all know that, but he has shown he has that little bit of extra to be able to lead a team. Much like a young Dwyane Wade, Mitchel looks rest to be the man on a title contender when he has the right pieces around him. Utah has been good to him, but the newly acquired Michael Conley isn’t playing well and he might have beef with the franchise center Rudy Gobert.
Mitchell would make the Timberwolves an instant factor in the West, so KG should prioritize this signing if they can’t get a guy like Devin Booker.
4. Aaron Gordon
14.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.7 APG, 43.3% FG
Gordon is a modern forward who has the capability to stretch the floor on offense and switch on to many positions on defense. Gordon is a naturally born athlete so he will always have a place in the NBA. Alongside KAT, we might finally see Gordon flourish as a star in this league. He might not be having a strong shooting year, but his talent is there to be seen.
Gordon is well built and his partnership with Towns would be fun to watch. Russell to Gordon on the break should make Wolves fans drool, so KG would try to push management to make this happen.
3. C.J. McCollum
22.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.3 APG, 45.3% FG
C.J. is part of a dominant scoring duo alongside Damian Lillard, but size and lack of defense might be harming the Trail Blazers against better offensive teams. The Blazers are clearly not moving Damian Lillard, so McCollum might be expendable if the right offer is on the table. C.J. is a professional scorer and was actually the best player for the Blazers last year in the Western Conference Finals.
If the Timberwolves want to start acquiring talent to build a potential superteam, McCollum might be the perfect fit alongside Russell. If KG becomes owner, he will do everything in his power to get C.J. on the squad.
2. Bradley Beal
30.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.1 RPG, 45.5% FG
Bradley Beal has become the best player on the lowly Washington Wizards. While that isn’t saying much, Beal is truly an unstoppable offensive player. It is clear that he should not waste his best years dwelling at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, so KG should absolutely pressure management into making a deal if he becomes the owner.
Beal is scoring at a very high level this year and has a case for being one of the best scorers in the league regardless of position. Beal gets hot fast and has even improved his playmaking as he starts to attract more attention from the defense. If the Wolves get Bradley Beal, they are right on the map as title contenders.
1. Devin Booker
26.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 6.6 APG, 48.7% FG
Devin Booker is coming ladies and gentlemen. His 70-point performance in 2017, albeit a loss, shows that Booker can get hot like fried fish on a skillet. When he’s cooking, he can’t be stopped. He has an ultra-quick release and has developed his offensive game tremendously. If Booker keeps it up, we might see him fighting for an All-NBA spot soon.
For Kevin Garnett and the Timberwolves, grabbing a guy like Booker means playing three guys who would love playing with one another. They are all around the same age, would have fun competing together, and be dominant offensively. The team would have nearly a 10-year window to compete if they made it happen, so KG would be interested in this.