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NBA Trade Rumors: Four Bold Deals that Would Help the Timberwolves

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2016

NBA Trade Rumors: Four Bold Deals that Would Help the Timberwolves

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves have a lot cap room-- more than $11 million to be precise.

    Therefore, mega deals are a possibility.

    Although these trades are not probable, know that they have all been through the ESPN Trade Machine, and therefore are possible.

    Keep in mind when you read these that obviously they are all separate, and therefore executing multiple deals is a sheer impossibility.

    With all that in mind, I would like to personally thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy!

Trade 1: Acquire Raymond Felton from the New York Knicks

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    Minnesota receives:

    PG Raymond Felton

    PF Jason Maxiell

    New York receives:

    PG Rodney Stuckey

    C Anthony Tolliver

    Detroit receives:

    PG Luke Ridnour

    C Timofey Mosgov

     

    This trade is basically a switch-a-roo with three point guards.

    The Timberwolves would receive the best point guard in the deal in Raymond Felton. Jason Maxiell would provide some much needed insurance at the power forward position and would bring a lot of defensive energy to the squad.

    The Knicks would acquire Rodney Stuckey, a score-first point guard who would feed the rock to guys like Wilson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire. Anthony Tolliver would give the Big Apple's team some depth at the center position.

    The Pistons would in turn snag Luke Ridnour, a gritty veteran who can help win them games in addition to shoot. Timofey Mosgov would immediately contend at center. Detroit also gets rid of Maxiell's lagging contract in this swap.

     

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4zhfgf3

     

    The starting lineup in Minnesota would look as follows:

    PG Raymond Felton

    SG Wesley Johnson

    SF Michael Beasley

    PF Kevin Love

    C Darko Milicic

Trade 2: Acquire Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers

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    Minnesota receives:

    C Andrew Bynum

    PG Shannon Brown

    Los Angeles receives:

    C Darko Milicic

    PG Luke Ridnour

    This trade would help both sides of the deal, as ESPN Trade Machine has projected a one-win increase for both clubs if the trade is made.

    The Timberwolves would get one of the best young talents in the NBA in Andrew Bynum, and additionally would receive the rights for Shannon Brown, one of the most underappreciated players in the NBA.

    This trade would help the Lakers defensively, as Darko Milicic is an upgrade over Bynum. Luke Ridnour would immediately contend at the starting point guard position, as Derek Fisher starts seemingly only out of respect.

     

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4mu2clt

     

    The starting lineup in Minnesota would be as follows:

    PG Jonny Flynn

    SG Wesley Johnson

    SF Michael Beasley

    PF Kevin Love

    C Andrew Bynum

Trade 3: Acquire Brook Lopez from the New Jersey Nets

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    Minnesota receives:

    C Brook Lopez

    PG Jordan Farmar

    C Johan Petro

    New Jersey receives:

    C Darko Milicic

    SF Wesley Johnson

    PF Anthony Tolliver

    Minnesota's 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft

    Minnesota receives a legitimate center in Brook Lopez, and in turn the Nets get Darko Milicic, a swat master that would fit in well with the offense. Throw in Wesley Johnson, who probably would start for the Nets immediately, and you have yourself a deal.

     

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4cyk5dy

     

    The starting lineup in Minnesota would be as follows:

    PG Luke Ridnour

    SG Corey Brewer

    SF Michael Beasley

    PF Kevin Love

    C Brook Lopez

Trade 4: Acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic

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    Minnesota receives:

    C Dwight Howard

    PG Jameer Nelson

     

    Orlando receives:

    C Nene Hilario

    SG Corey Brewer

    PG Luke Ridnour

    Minnesota's first round pick in the 2012 draft

     

    Denver receives:

    SG Kevin Martin

    C Darko Milicic

     

    Houston receives:

    PF Brandon Bass

    SG Aaron Afflalo

    PG Jonny Flynn

    SF Wesley Johnson

    Minnesota's 1st round pick in the 2011 draft

     

    Well, this would be the biggest blockbuster trade in years. In the unlikelihood that it would actually happen, all four teams would win in this mega deal. In all honesty, there would be pigs flying before this trade went through.

    Minnesota wins obviously because of Dwight Howard. Howard, the best center in the league, automatically makes Minnesota sport the best frontcourt in the NBA. Minnesota would become a legitimate contender overnight.

    The Timberwolves also pick up Jameer Nelson, and he would see the starting lineup from day one.

    Orlando wins because they improve on the defensive side of the ball. They get the poor man's Dwight Howard in Nene, and add a couple solid role players as well. They also receive the Timberwolves' first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

    Denver might get the best deal out of any team. They get rid of Aaron Afflalo and get the sharpshooter Kevin Martin, as well as receive Darko Milicic, a blocking phenom.

    Houston wins because they add Brandon Bass and instantly gain frontcourt depth.

    Bass is a great defender, and Aaron Afflalo is not that much of a loss when matched up against Kevin Martin.

    Most importantly, they receive Minnesota's first round pick. Granted, it might not be top-three protected, but it's worth the risk.

     

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=4jh3fge

     

    The starting lineup in Minnesota would be as follows:

    PG Jameer Nelson

    SG Wayne Ellington

    SF Michael Beasley

    PF Kevin Love

    C Dwight Howard

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