1. Grizzlies go for star
Minnesota faces massive financial questions after signing Jaden McDaniels to a five-year $131 million extension on the eve of the season. They haven’t paid the luxury tax in nearly two decades, but will likely be over the second tax apron moving forward.
The Timberwolves have $185.3 million committed in salaries next season before working out new deals with Mike Conley, Kyle Anderson, and Jordan McLaughlin. They need a point guard, so the roster bill is only increasing.
The Wolves are questioning if the fit works between Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert in the frontcourt. They could explore the market for KAT before the deadline in hopes of trimming salary and building a title contender around Anthony Edwards. The Grizzlies would likely step up with an offer like this.
Jaren Jackson Jr. and KAT could cover each other’s weaknesses. Towns is an elite rebounder who can match up against the opposition’s five every night. Jaren Jackson Jr. can be the big who switches onto the perimeter and offers help defense at the rim. KAT is an elite shooter and would open up the Grizzlies offense.
Karl-Anthony Towns could be dealt, and the Memphis Grizzlies need a five. It would be a significant swing, but the franchise just made one for Marcus Smart. Do not rule out this blockbuster.
The Grizzlies must address their rebounding and center issues before the trade deadline, so stay tuned to see what Zach Kleiman and the front office can accomplish.