A Trade That Has Grown On Me

With the Toronto Raptors getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers this past week, many NBA analysts and fans have suggested the idea of a complete rebuild after DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowly failed to take their team to the promise land yet again.

Trades have been a topic of interest for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Especially with Andrew Wiggins and his max contract set to take effect this coming season. I released an article recently that gave a few examples of what a trade could look like when Wiggins is included. But with Toronto getting embarrassed, a new team enters the potential fray for Wiggins.

One trade, suggested by Kevin O’Connor from the ringer.com, goes as follows:

Andrew Wiggins (25m)

Jeff Teague (19m)

FOR

Kyle Lowry (28m)

C.J. Miles (8m)

Pascal Siakam (1.3m)

This would free up about 7 million dollars in cap room for the Timberwolves, while offering them a better player and fit at the point guard position with Kyle Lowry. The wing depth would be helped with the addition of C.J. Miles, a player the Wolves were interested in last free agency period. Finally, Minnesota would acquire a young asset in Siakam who has shown flashes in his first two years in the NBA.

The Raptors on the other hand would acquire a fellow Canadian in Andrew Wiggins. Still only 23 years old, he has the potential to turn into a great two way player if developed effectively by the coaches in Toronto. Jeff Teague on the other hand, is two years younger than Lowry which would be better for Toronto in the long term if they decide to fully rebuild.

The important part to this trade is whether or not Toronto can trade DeMar DeRozan for younger assets. If they don’t completely rebuild, then the trade with Minnesota really doesn’t make sense as they would still be a decent team, but with a much worse fit overall.

The Timberwolves would be much better suited in today’s NBA with their new squad. The starting lineup would look like this:

  1. Kyle Lowry
  2. Jimmy Butler
  3. C.J. Miles
  4. Taj Gibson
  5. Karl-Anthony Towns

Lowry, a much better defender than Teague, would make things easier on Towns who constantly had to attempt to defend the rim against attacking guards. C.J. Miles would fit nicely as he is a player who doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective and he can shoot from outside. With 7 million dollars extra in cap space, Minnesota could use it to further solidify depth on the bench in order to give Lowry, Butler, and Towns the rest they will need to stay healthy for the 2018-2019 NBA season.

The more I think about this trade the more I fall in love with it. Let’s just hope that Toronto falls into the pressure of blowing things up after being demolished by LeBron James yet again.

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