There might not be an NBA team with a bigger need to sell than the Minnesota Timberwolves. For a poor team in the Western Conference, they have plenty of big-name players that would be beneficial to be sent away. That is what they would be doing here in a deal with the San Antonio Spurs.
Minnesota landed Karl-Anthony Towns with the first-overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. This was a pick that was supposed to turn the franchise around but that has not happened just yet. The Timberwolves have made the postseason just once since making that selection of Towns.
They have attempted to put perimeter threats around Towns such as D’Angelo Russell and Malik Beasley. After another mediocre season in a strange year, Minnesota should look to blow it up this offseason. This is a long time coming and it could finally happen.
The Spurs have a chance to retool this offseason after losing some veteran names. San Antonio bought out LaMarcus Aldridge this season before he signed with Brooklyn and eventually had to retire. DeMar DeRozan left in free agency, which was to be expected after his contract expired.
The Spurs did not send DeRozan away in hopes of making a run to the postseason. Instead, they were eliminated prior to series play. This marks the second-straight season that San Antonio failed to make the postseason.
Now, it is time to make some moves to improve the lineup. Here is a potential NBA trade scenario centered around D’Angelo Russell that involves both the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.