NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Must Rush to Get Involved in Dwight Howard Trade

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

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While the Dwight Howard trade seems to be gaining some steam, the wheels are starting to fall off of the four-team megatrade that was going to send the big man from the Orlando Magic to the Brooklyn Nets

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers are dropping out of the trade and will no longer help facilitate the deal:

Cleveland is out as a third-team trade partner in a possible Orlando-Brooklyn deal for Dwight Howard, sources tell Y! Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2012

The Los Angeles Clippers aren't guaranteed to be the fourth team either, as they have yet to commit to sending away a draft pick for MarShon Brooks.

That won't be a problem, though, if Fox Sports' Sam Amico is correct: 

Latest on Cavs' involvement in Nets-Magic potential deal says they're still in it, but no more than Bobcats. And get this: T-Wolves in, too.

— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) July 10, 2012

Presumably, the Charlotte Bobcats would be replacing the Cavs, while the Minnesota Timberwolves could be taking the spot of the Clippers in the deal. 

Assuming that the Bobcats do step up in the deal, the Wolves have to make the move. It's a great opportunity for them to drastically improve their squad for next season. 

All that Minnesota would have to do is commit to sending away a draft pick, presumably one that would be outside the lottery, and they would receive a young shooting guard with lots of potential: MarShon Brooks. 

Adding Brooks would give the Wolves a great starting lineup, one that could—gasp—actually make Kevin Love content!

Look at what the Wolves would be dealing with, assuming that the Portland Trail Blazers do match the offer sheet for Nicolas Batum: 

Point guard: Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea

Shooting guard: MarShon Brooks, Brandon Roy

Small forward: Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams

Power forward: Kevin Love, Anthony Tolliver (assuming he re-signs)

Center: Nikola Pekovic, Darko Milicic 

That's a playoff team. There's no doubt about that, unless there's a major injury. 

Without Brooks, there's more of a question mark at shooting guard, because we have no idea what to expect from Brandon Roy in his return from a premature retirement. 

Minnesota could be handed an easy, low-risk opportunity to improve the squad dramatically. If that opportunity is given, the Timberwolves should take it without a second thought.