Proposed Rockets-Timberwolves Blockbuster Would Feature Karl-Anthony Towns & Christian Wood

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Karl-Antony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves headed into the 2020-21 NBA season with the hope of fully dominating the Western Conference and winning the NBA championship title. Unfortunately, despite having the young and promising trio of Towns, D'Angelo Russell, and Anthony Edwards, the Timberwolves still struggled to consistently win games and suffered another huge disappointment.

With their inability to end their playoff drought, rumors have started to swirl around Towns and his future with the Timberwolves. If they won't make major upgrades on their roster, some people believe that Towns could demand a trade from the Timberwolves in the 2021 offseason.

Karl-Anthony Towns To Space City

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If Towns forces his way out of Minnesota, the Timberwolves would have no choice but to listen to trade offers for him in the 2021 offseason. According to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, one of the teams that could make an intriguing offer for Towns this summer is the Houston Rockets.

In the proposed trade scenario by Swartz, the Rockets would be sending a package that includes Christian Wood, DJ Augustin, the Portland Trail Blazers' 2021 first-round pick, the Milwaukee Bucks' 2021 first-round pick, and a 2022 first-round pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for Towns.

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The proposed trade deal would only make sense for the Rockets if they don't have the patience to undergo a full-scale rebuild and already want to become competitive in the Western Conference next season. Swartz believes that swapping Wood for Towns would increase the Rockets' chances of making their first playoff appearance in the post-James Harden era.

"A lineup of John Wall, Kevin Porter Jr., Eric Gordon, Jae'Sean Tate and Towns could compete for the West playoffs, especially if Porter starts to reach his incredible potential. The Rockets are owed picks from several franchises after trading James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington and others, so shipping three first-rounders only puts a small dent in their collection."

Karl-Anthony Towns' On-Court Impact On Rockets

Though he has already shown a massive improvement with his game this season, Wood is still not on the same level as Towns. Towns' potential arrival in Space City is expected to bring a significant improvement with the Rockets' performance on both ends of the floor. He would give them a very reliable scoring option under the basket, a monster rebounder, on-court facilitator, shot-blocker, and floor-spacer.

This season, Towns averaged 24.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.1 blocks while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Why The Trade Makes Sense For Timberwolves

If the trade would push through this summer, it wouldn't only be beneficial for the Rockets, but also for the Timberwolves. Instead of keeping an unhappy star on their team, the suggested deal would allow them to replace him with another All-Star caliber center in Wood while acquiring multiple first-round picks.

Though he has still plenty of things that he needs to improve in his game, Wood offers a similar skillset as Towns. If Wood, Russell, and Edwards grow together and build good chemistry, the Timberwolves could form one of the league's most promising Big Threes next season.