The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly have three untouchable players on their roster leading up to Thursday's trade deadline.
Krawczynski noted the T-Wolves view that trio "as pillars of the plan to pull the team out of the Western Conference basement."
Minnesota currently owns the worst record in the NBA (10-33) and could forfeit its first-round draft pick this year to the Golden State Warriors if it falls out of the top three stemming from the Russell trade in February 2020.
Even though the Timberwolves are only 3-9 under new head coach Chris Finch, there have been some encouraging signs for the future. Edwards is averaging 25.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting (37.7 percent from three), 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in the past seven games.
In 19 games since returning from a COVID-19 absence, Towns is scoring 23.9 points and grabbing 9.7 rebounds per contest with a 38.9 three-point percentage. Russell hasn't played since Feb. 8 due to a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
Keeping Russell and Towns on the floor at the same time has been an issue since the T-Wolves acquired Russell. That duo has only played together five times out of a possible 56 games dating back to last season.
Edwards is showing signs of becoming the player that Minnesota hoped he would be when the team selected him No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA draft.
As long as that trio can get playing time together, the Timberwolves might be able to take steps forward in the Western Conference.