NBA Rumors: Warriors, Wolves, Bulls Working On Big Trade
The Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls are reportedly contemplating a big move.
It’s safe to say these 3 teams need some kind of change, each for their own separate and very unique reason.
The Warriors are experiencing a most painful period in this decade, Bulls are skeptical about their young core after a slow start and T-Wolves are afraid their results won’t match Towns’ desires.
Luckily, we may have a trade which can help each team in overcoming current difficulties as well as setting them all in promising directions.
Mind you, it will not solve all their problems, but it could help out a lot.
2021 first-round pick
2020 first-round pick
Why it makes sense for Minnesota:
Minnesota plays like a playoff-caliber team so far this season but we won’t be surprised if they don’t sustain this level of play. The main thing they have to worry about Karl Anthony-Towns and his happiness playing for this organization.
It won’t be the first time if franchise-player gets fed up over constant losing and demands a trade, which has to be Minnesota’s greatest fear. To prevent that from happening, the front office has to make a bold move and get some help to Karl.
And what would be a better way of doing so than connecting 2 extremely good friends, Russell and Towns? Besides, D’Angelo is an All-Star who completes now a very well-rounded team with Covington and Wiggins on wings.
Timberwolves instantly become a better team, but what’s most important is that Towns will become fully committed to T-Wolves’ organization.
Why it makes sense for Chicago:
Bulls have drafted and traded well over the last few years, however that doesn’t show up in the standings. This was supposed to be the season when Lauri and Zach take the next step and bring some joy to Chicago for the first time since Jimmy left the town.
With questions surrounding Lauri and Zach’s fit, Bulls might be forced to choose one player for a cornerstone of their franchise. That player seems to be Markkanen, as Zach is often criticized for his shot-selection and efficiency.
This move enables Chicago to build around their promising front-court, (Markkanen-Carter Jr.) with adding versatile Okogie who fits in perfectly with this duo. A first-round pick is also a huge benefit for this young team. Young talent is always wanted.
Why it makes sense for Golden State:
Russell is often viewed as a compensation for loss of Durant and not part of Warriors’ long-term plans. His questionable fit with Steph and Klay has started trade speculation since the moment he arrived at Chase Center.
LaVine is a player who will handle off-ball duties more easily than Russell, and that’s a key when you have Steph and Draymond on your team. He doesn’t rely on pick and roll game heavily like D’Angelo does, which is better for Warriors’ game plan.
A hidden bonus of this trade is Minnesota’s first-round pick which Golden State lacks. That will result in improving their depth which can be a game-changer.