The Minnesota Timberwolves have been extremely busy this offseason, adding pieces such as Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford and Taj Gibson to a roster already consisting of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, but they may not be done just yet.
Despite their addition of Teague at the point guard spot, Minnesota are reportedly targeting the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving to bolster their roster.
New signee Butler and Towns have reportedly “been doing their part to recruit Irving” and have told the front office they want Kyrie on their team, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
This may come as a surprise to some that Butler and Towns are fighting so strongly to acquire Irving on their squad, but there is some familiarity between the trio.
Both Kyrie and Jimmy became close friends while playing for USA Basketball during the Rio Olympics in 2016, and the fathers of KAT and Irving know each other from “the basketball scene back in northern New Jersey” according to Windhorst. Don’t forget all three players are 2K promotional athletes and have definitely mingled during ad and photo shoots.
Adding Kyrie to Minnesota’s roster would be a very tantilising sight for Wolves’ fans, but a few barries lay in the way before anything can happen.
First of all, free agent Jeff Teague would most likely have to be moved in a proposed deal, as both himself and Irving are suited as point guards, and their playstyle would not mesh together well as a pairing in the backcourt.
After that, and more importantly, if Teague was to be dealt, any potential deal would have to wait until December 15th per league rules, as Teague is a recent free agent signing.
Whether Butler and Towns’ pitch works remains to be seen, but if Minnesota can pull this move up, they will definitely be in the title conversation next season.