This is the strongest offer I’ve got, save from adding in another draft pick.
The Timberwolves would get the youth and draft picks they want, and it is fairly in line with the aforementioned Anthony Davis trade.
The Suns would have to give up Cam Johnson’s shooting, but they are going to have to give up some value to get it.
In this scenario, the Wolves would need to add some throw-in players to make the money work out. I added the expiring deals of Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier for the sake of it, but feel free to interchange any of the Wolves’ low-cost players here.
After fumbling through all the trade combinations this one seems to be the most fair. It feels like it hurts both teams equally, which is always the best compromise.
In recent years, the Suns have sat idly by while other teams made strong offers for big name talent. While Kevin Love is out there, and he’s fine, he is by no means Karl-Anthony Towns.
Making a trade like this would finally put the Suns on the NBA map of teams to watch, and would inject a full syringe of enthusiasm into a Phoenix Suns fan base that has been teetering on edge of full-blown apathy for some time now.
Regardless of the exact combination of expiring contracts, draft picks, and young talent, the deal is there to be made.