1. Wolves clear log jam as Dubs get versatile
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a logjam at the five. They gave up a ton to get Rudy Gobert in the summer of 2022 and already had Karl-Antony Towns and Naz Reid. The Wolves extended Reid on a three-year $41 million contract this offseason, and someone will be on the block before the deadline.
Reid is a versatile big man with value around the league. The 6’9 center is a career 34.4 percent 3-point shooter who is capable of blocking shots and getting buckets. He may struggle to stay on the floor in the postseason, but Reid gives the Warriors another talent big man at their disposal.
It is difficult for Golden State to acquire any player in this salary range. Dario Saric cannot be dealt until Dec. 15. The Dubs give up their 2023 first-round pick, two role players, and a second-rounder to land Reid. It is a hefty price for someone who has never played more than 20 minutes per game for an entire season.
The Golden State Warriors will struggle to solve their depth issues moving forward. The second tax apron only gets more restrictive, but the franchise is all-in on winning. Can they find a big man and make another deep run? Stay tuned and enjoy the ride.