The Minnesota Timberwolves want to build a winner. To do that, the team needs to upgrade its roster. But that won’t happen in a vacuum. To get something of value, the Minnesota Timberwolves will need to give away something of value. And so, the negotiation of exactly how much value must be offered, and for who, is the dried kindling upon which the small fires of NBA Rumors ignite.
The latest Timberwolves rumor involves San Antonio Spurs point guard Dejounte Murray, and ESPN NBA Insider Zach Lowe is the genius who is connecting the dots for this one. While you may balk at the initial cost of this exchange, the overall effect of this trade scenario is huge.
Timberwolves rumors: Blockbuster trade
We know that the only way the Minnesota Timberwolves could hope to pry a player like Dejounte Murray away from the San Antonio Spurs is to make them an offer that they simply cannot refuse. So what is the proposed trade? Well, Lowe’s scenario even covers that:
Zach Lowe offers the Timberwolves offer D’Angelo Russell and two top-3 protected picks to the Spurs for Dejounte Murray: pic.twitter.com/KX734DsVql
—Josh Paredes (@Josh810) June 21, 2022
Well, per Lowe, the Timberwolves would get San Antonio Spurs star point guard Dejounte Murray, and would likely need to offer up PG D’Angelo Russell, plus two Top-3 protected firsts.
What does that look like?
PG Dejounte Murray
PG D’Angelo Russell
MIN 2022 Rd 1 pick (19th)
MIN 2024 Rd 1 pick (Top 3 protected)
Let’s examine the pieces of this trade. The Minnesota Timberwolves would emerge with a young and potentially elite NBA point guard. The San Antonio Spurs emerge with a solid veteran point guard, an immediate first-round draft pick, and a future first-round draft pick.
Alright. So the trade looks good. But what could motivate either team to make a trade like this?