Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jeff Teague. That’s about as formidable of a top four as there is in the league with the exception of the Golden State Warriors.
This team’s roster as it currently stands could get them to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. With that said, it makes a lot of sense to lock down the roster as it is. To do that the Timberwolves may need to give Wiggins a contract extension and soon.
Phil Jackson is out as president, but the franchise’s strategy hasn’t changed much. A stalemate has ensued as sources indicate Anthony only wishes to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Rockets. Not even Cleveland, which is in turmoil, is good enough for Anthony as the Cavaliers are dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.
At the least now the Rockets can focus on getting Anthony, as they know no other team is jockeying for position on the 10-time All-Star, and maybe finding another team to make a trade work.
On the surface, it doesn’t appear the Rockets have the assets to make the trade on their own unless they were to trade James Harden or Chris Paul, which of course makes no sense and they would never do.
What they have to do is find out what they can give up and see what they can give to other teams to get in on the action.
For now though, if any Anthony trade will go down, it appears he will go to Houston, if he goes anywhere.