Minnesota Timberwolves have only seven wins so far (Philadelphia have 6) and we can call them most overhyped team in the NBA right now.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are great prospects, but at this moment they are one of the worst teams in the Western Conference.
The Timberwolves didn't play in the playoffs last 12 seasons and they will probably not play this season as well.
If we analyze their roster, they have a good point guard Rubio, great guards LaVine and Wiggins and one of the best centers in the league, Karl-Anthony Towns. Unfortunately, that is not enough for the Western Conference. That is not even enough to have more wins than Denver Nuggets at this moment.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Minnesota Timberwolves are “looking to trade for a frontcourt player.” GM Scott Layden wants to add a better power forward to play with Towns, and head coach Tom Thibodeau would like to have better defenders in the starting lineup.
At the power forward position they have Gorgui Deng, Nemanja Bjelica and Adreian Payne. Also, they can add Jordan Hill or Nikola Pekovic if they want to add a better player on the roster.
Who could be the best fit for the young Wolves and wearilessly Tom Thibodeau?
Denver Nuggets want to trade Kenneth Faried because they have Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic (centers) and Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari could play like power forwards when Michael Malone wants to use a small-ball lineup.
“The Nuggets will also be at the epicenter of the trade market,” ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe wrote. “They’ve been dangling Faried off and on for three years and continue to now, sources say.”
Denver Nuggets didn’t play in the NBA playoffs last three years and they want to rebuild a roster around Nikola Jokic, who had a great rookie season, averaging 10.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
Kenneth Faried is a good defender and he can bring a lot of energy to the young Minnesota prospects. He could focus on the defense and rebound when Karl-Anthony Towns wants to shot from the downtown.
He is one of the most underrated players in the league. With 22 minutes on the court, he has a respectable 9.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per game. Minnesota already have too many offensive players (Wiggins, Towns, LaVine) and Faried will be their balance on the defense.
Faried needs minutes on the court and who is a better coach instead of Tom Thibodeau for that?
Serge Ibaka is a veteran defender and one of the best blockers in the NBA. He was a great fit with Durant and Westbrook and now he is playing with the Orlando Magic who are in the middle of nowhere with their rebuilding.
Ibaka is a free agent next season and Orlando GM Rob Hennigan will trade him until the trade deadline. Minnesota Timberwolves can trade Ricky Rubio for Serge Ibaka (if he agrees to sign with the Wolves over the summer) and they can add Nemanja Bjelica or Adreian Payne, as well.
Having Ibaka is definitely an upgrade on the defensive end for the Wolves and at this moment that is the most important thing for the head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Greg Monroe playing just 19 minutes per game after he had a big role with the Bucks last season. The seven-year veteran averaging only 9.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
The Bucks tried pretty aggressively to find a trade for Monroe last year, and all through the offseason it was said the Bucks were not looking for much for Monroe, hoping to free up the cap space and a roster spot.
The problem for the Bucks, and to a certain extent for Monroe, is that his contract is a tough one to move.
Monroe could play well with Towns, he is a skilled offensive player and he can help them more than Dieng or Bjelica at this moment.