With the return of Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love imminent, the role of former second pick Derrick Williams is up in the air.
Attempting to fill in for Love, Williams averaged 10.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG on just 35.6 percent shooting—incredibly inefficient, especially for a big man.
Losing significant minutes to Dante Cunningham, Williams hasn't played for two consecutive games now as he struggles to find his niche with the team.
I'm not sure if now is the right time to make a decision regarding the Williams' future, but if they do decide to part ways with him now, they could potentially swap him and fill some of their glaring needs, helping the T-Wolves compete for a playoff push.
With a core including Love, Ricky Rubio, Andrei Kirilenko, and Nicola Pekovic, Minnesota has a legitimate chance to sneak into the playoffs, but there are definitely still holes on this team, and moving Williams could potentially aid some of these needs and propel this team even further.
Despite his lack of consistency, Williams has shown glimpses of promise, and the former Arizona standout certainly would have value if he were to hit the open market. Plenty of teams looking to obtain young talent would have to consider acquiring Williams, who despite his flaws is only 21 years old.
Regardless of whether Minnesota decides to trade Williams now, later, or not at all, here are some ideas that could help the Timberwolves make the playoffs and become a more competitive team.