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B/R mock trade lands rising Timberwolves big man in New Orleans

The Minnesota Timberwolves were the story of these NBA playoffs.

Anthony Edwards’ rise to national spotlight and bona fide superstardom has the country buzzing with the next great American superstar. Karl Anthony-Town’s stellar shooting stroke has developed into a real weapon. Rudy Gobert’s rim protection gives the team two-way power that can only be matched by a handful of teams in the association. Minnesota’s ‘Big Three’ are phenomenal, but their unlikely spark plug off the bench has become a driving force for the Wolves. Bleacher Report suggests the Pelicans should inquire about his availability in a trade.

Naz Reid is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year winner. He defeated Malik Monk to win the award, and it was well deserved. Reid averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 81 games, 67 of which came off the bench.

In these playoffs, Reid has had stretches where he has looked like the best player on the floor against some stiff competition out west. His combination of rim protection and long-range shooting ability is sparkling and a key to the Wolves’ success. His magnum opus of Minnesota’s playoff run was game two of their current series against Dallas, where Reid poured in 23 points on seven made three-pointers.

New Orleans would be crazy not to jump in on a potential trade for Reid this summer. Here’s what Zack Buckley had to say about a potential deal.

“The Timberwolves would never have reached the Western Conference Finals without Reid. It’s still fair to wonder if the front office will view him as a necessity given the sky-high cost of this roster and the fact that he’s a bench player with an eight-figure salary.

With New Orleans in the market for a new five, Minnesota could have an opportunity to turn its backup big man into multiple contributors. Daniels has some Kyle Anderson elements as a big playmaker who defends everyone, only with a higher upside. Hawkins had a credible claim as the best shooter in last year’s draft, and he could help turn up the volume of this three-point attack (15th in shots, 23rd in attempts).

Is that enough to convince the Wolves to let go of the Sixth Man of the Year? That probably depends on whether they feel it’s better for their championship chances to keep their super-sized (and super-skilled) frontcourt in place or sacrifice a big to address some of their perimeter deficiencies .”

The frontcourt matchup with Zion Williamson and Naz Reid is a dream. Reid’s ability to shoot jumpers while covering for Williamson’s defensive shortcomings makes him an ideal option at the five next to Zion. If New Orleans is able to pull off this deal and select Brandon Ingram for Trae Young, as Bleacher Report also suggests, a starting five of Trae Young, Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III, Zion Williamson and Naz Reid will be one of the most successful of the Western Conferences. terrifying.

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