NBA Rumors: Timberwolves Reportedly Targeting Aaron Gordon & John Collins Ahead Of Trade Deadline

Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic shoots over John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks.
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With a 7-29 record heading into the All-Star Break, the Minnesota Timberwolves have the NBA's worst record and are expected by some to be making moves on or before the March 25 trade deadline. The team is seemingly set at center with Karl-Anthony Towns, while guards D'Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and Anthony Edwards have all played solidly thus far. However, the Timberwolves still have multiple weaknesses, and are reportedly in the market for an upgrade at the power forward position.

Gordon & Collins Have Apparently Caught Timberwolves' Interest

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon drives against John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks.
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Citing a subscriber-only report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, Bleacher Report wrote on Thursday that the Timberwolves have supposedly “shown interest” in Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic and John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks. In particular, Minnesota officials had reportedly been in “substantiative conversations” about Gordon before he went down with an ankle injury on January 31. While the former No. 4 overall draft pick has yet to return to action, these talks are expected to resume once he’s close to being cleared.

Gordon Could Be A Good Fit For Timberwolves

Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic reacts to a call.
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According to Bleacher Report, Gordon could be a “nice fit” for Minnesota if he ends up getting traded to the Timberwolves. While he arguably has yet to live up to his draft billing, he has stood out for his defensive versatility and playmaking skills and was averaging 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 19 games before he got injured. Given his four-to-six-week timeline for a return, he will likely be back at some point following the All-Star Break.

Wolves Might Face Competition For Collins

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins dunks the ball.
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As for Collins, the publication speculated that the Timberwolves might “face more competition” if they decide to make a move for Collins. While his stats are down from the 2019-20 campaign, he is still among the Hawks’ top contributors, with averages of 18 points, 7.6 rebounds, and one block per game and shooting clips of 53.6 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from beyond the arc, per Basketball-Reference.

Although there are seemingly multiple teams that could show interest in Collins, Bleacher Report cited The Athletic’s Sam Amick, who wrote that the Hawks might hang on to him if they remain in playoff contention by the deadline.

Timberwolves Still Likely To Miss Playoffs

D'Angelo Russell of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives off a screen from teammate Karl-Anthony Towns.
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As the outlet noted, the Timberwolves aren’t strangers to making big moves before the deadline, as they did something similar last year, acquiring Russell from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a package featuring Andrew Wiggins and draft picks. However, it appears that even if they land Gordon or Collins, it might be too little, too late for a team that got stuck in the cellar of the Western Conference mostly due to Towns and Russell’s injuries, among other factors.