A Sliver of Hope Remains

Tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the opportunity to create a collection of players that not only are talented, but also fit a particular playing style moving forward. The NBA Draft offers hope for every franchise across the United States. Whether your team is incompetent or not, the draft serves as a realistic pipeline to some of the richest talents the NCAA and foreign basketball leagues have to offer.

This time last year, Minnesota’s President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach, Tom Thibodeau, managed to manufacture a trade that brought in a player of All-NBA level talent in Jimmy Butler. While there were moments when Wolves fans wished that Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen were apart of the team, there’s no denying that our team became much better because of this particular trade.

This offseason could very well contain a major transaction as the Wolves’ front office and ownership edges closer and closer to the luxury tax line due to the max contract of Andrew Wiggins and future extensions to both Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.

We could very well see Andrew Wiggins or Gorgui Dieng traded tonight. Possibly even both if the cards fall right. But what would some potential deals look like?

For Wiggins, the idea of sending him to Toronto in exchange for Lowry and a few other assets has been thrown around in media for a few months now. With Kawhi Leonard’s saga in full force, there has also been the suggestion of moving Wiggins for Leonard in some sort of deal. Not to mention, the Memphis Grizzlies have been open to trades for the #4 pick in this year’s draft as long as the team trading with them takes over Chandler Parsons’ awful contract.

Gorgui Dieng on the other hand will be difficult to trade unless the Wolves are willing to move a valuable asset along with him. There is one trade however that would work quite nicely for the Wolves. Gorgui Dieng + Pick #20 FOR Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore + Pick #30 + Pick #34. This trade would give the Wolves a much needed wing player, along with two more draft picks that fall not too far from their original pick at #20.

The best case scenario is that the Timberwolves somehow trade Andrew Wiggins for a valuable and affordable asset that can play effectively next to Butler and Towns. Whether that’d be a rookie or a proven veteran, they must be able to fit into a system where Butler and Towns are the primary scorers. If the Timberwolves manage to trade Dieng to Atlanta for those proposed assets, there will be much rejoicing all across Wolves fandom. These two trades alone would provide a much needed spark of energy and optimism to a fanbase that has suffered for far too long. Nonetheless, please don’t get your hopes up.

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