Minnesota Timberwolves Eyeing Multiple Wizards and Pistons Guards at NBA Trade Deadline
With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching (3pm EST on Thursday), the Minnesota Timberwolves have been hyperactive on the trade market in recent days. Recent reports have pushing extremely hard for two backup point guards, Tyus Jones (Washington Wizards) and Monte Morris (Detroit Pistons).
Minnesota Timberwolves eyeing Pistons & Wizards guards
But Tyus Jones and Monte Morris aren’t the only targets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly is currently talking to the Wizards and Pistons about. Conversations with those front offices, according to Michael Scotto (HoopsHype), have also centered around both teams’ other backcourt options, Alec Burks and Delon Wright.
Minnesota has expressed trade interest in Tyus Jones, Monte Morris, and Bones Hyland, league sources told HoopsHype. Those trade targets were first reported by Yahoo Sports.
The Timberwolves have also expressed interest in guards Delon Wright and Alec Burks, league sources told HoopsHype.Michael Scotto – HoopsHype
New Wolves Trade Deadline Targets: Alec Burks and Delon Wright
Coming off a red-hot month of January (17.4 points (40% from 3pt), 3.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists over 15 games), Detroit Pistons’ guard Alec Burks demonstrated to Connelly and other league executives that the 32-year-old Burks is the perfect trade deadline target for any buying club that needs an outside shooter at the deadline (like the Wolves).
Like Tyus Jones, Delon Wright has been one of only a few bright spots in a brutal 1st half for the Washington Wizards. In just over 15 minutes per game, Wright is averaging 4.4 points, 2.8 assists, and 2 rebounds per game.
He isn’t the regular contributor that other confirmed Connelly trade targets project to be but Wright maintains a three-point shooting percentage of slightly over 37% and he’d probably boost the Timberwolves’ roster as a legitimate perimeter threat.
Tim Connelly working Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards
Tyus Jones and Monte Morris have been linked with the Timberwolves for the past few weeks, with Tyus Jones emerging as the most ideal target for the team as the trade deadline approaches. However, recent reports indicate that the Wizards are demanding a first round pick, and won’t accept anything less, no matter how many 2nd rounders Tim Connelly throws at them.
Unfortunately, the Timberwolves are unable to offer any first-round picks for Jones, or any other deadline target, due to the previous trade involving Rudy Gobert (Stepien Rule). This raises questions about what assets the Timberwolves are willing to part with, in exchange for Jones, Morris or others, if the cost is more than 2nd round picks?
According to Scotto, Connelly is willing to part with rookie Wendell Moore Jr, along with previously reported NBA caliber trade block assets, Shake Milton and Troy Brown Jr.
So who could be on the move if Minnesota lands that coveted backup point guard? Rival executives are monitoring Timberwolves bench players Wendell Moore Jr., Shake Milton, and Troy Brown Jr. as potential trade candidates heading into Thursday’s deadline.Michael Scotto – HoopsHype
As the Tim Connelly aims to make strategic moves at the NBA trade deadline, to strengthen the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, it’s clear this is an organization that sees itself as a top team in the the Western Conference and a real NBA Finals contender. Just like 50 Cent believes they are.