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The Minnesota Timberwolves are objectively awful. Maybe they entertained playoff hopes at one time, but any of those discussions now sound delusional. Dating back to Dec. 1, the Wolves are dead last in winning percentage (.167that’s a 14-win pace!) and 24th in net rating (minus-5.5 points per 100 possessions).
As badly as they want to build a winner around Karl-Anthony Towns, it isn’t happening. So, they should shift their focus to asset accumulationthey need ammo for the eventual D’Angelo Russell deal, right?and take advantage of the fact they have one of the most sought-after trade targets in three-and-D ace Robert Covington.
As Ben Cohen reported for the Wall Street Journal, the Lakers, Clippers, Mavericks, Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers are “among the teams” that have an eye on Covington. This is the best-case scenario for a bidding war. Not only is it heavily populated, but every team involved likely feels close enough to contention to make an all-in move.
Covington is an excellent role player. He can dazzle with three-point volume or efficiency (sometimes both), he can defend multiple positions, and he causes havoc as an off-ball roamer with steals and blocks. He’s also signed to a reasonable contract for two more seasons, so he’s not just a rental.
If the Wolves had any shot at winning, they might keep Covington far removed from the trade market. Since they don’t, they should cash in this lottery ticket and find ways to better support Towns in the future.