NBA Rumors: Timberwolves Could Get Damian Lillard & Robert Covington For Package Centered On Anthony Edwards

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is expected to be one of the most coveted superstars on the trade market in the 2021 offseason. The Trail Blazers may not have shown a strong indication that they are planning to trade Lillard this summer but with their inability to win the NBA championship title, most people believe that it would only be a matter of time before the All-Star point guard follows in the footsteps of other superstars and finds his way out of Portland.

Timberwolves Could Be Surprise Winner Of Damian Lillard Sweepstakes

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Once he expresses his desire to leave, the Trail Blazers would be left with no choice but to listen to offers for Lillard in the 2021 offseason. As of now, several teams that have the assets to engage in a blockbuster deal are closely monitoring Lillard's situation in Portland. One of the dark-horse trade destinations for Lillard is the Minnesota Timberwolves.

According to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, the Timberwolves could be the "surprise winner" of the Lillard sweepstakes this summer.

Proposed Trade Package To Acquire Damian Lillard

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Though there's a strong possibility for him to demand a trade, targeting a player of Lillard's caliber on the trade market comes with a huge price. For the Timberwolves, Buckley believes that they would need to sacrifice former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Edwards.

In the proposed trade scenario, the Timberwolves would be sending a package that includes Edwards, Malik Beasley, Ricky Rubio, Leandro Bolmaro, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2024 first-round pick, and a 2026 first-round pick to the Trail Blazers in exchange for Lillard and Robert Covington.

Damian Lillard Worth Giving Up Anthony Edwards

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Trading a young and promising point player with a huge upside like Edwards would be a tough decision for the Timberwolves, but it would be worth it if it would enable them to give Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell the help they need to compete for the NBA championship title next season.

"He is an all-caps SUPERSTAR who could team with Towns and Russell to turbo-charge this attack into a top-five unit," Buckley said, referring to Lillard. "Either guard can pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop with Towns while the other shreds nets as a catch-and-shoot sniper. The defense wouldn't be great—though reuniting with Robert Covington, who was in the Gopher State until February 2020, would help a little bit—but if the offense hits its ceiling, that may not matter much."

Damian Lillard Gives Timberwolves Much-Needed Offensive Boost

Lillard would be an incredible addition to the Timberwolves. His potential arrival in Minnesota would help them improve their offensive efficiency that ranks No. 25th in the league, scoring 107.0 points per 100 possessions, per ESPN. He would give the Timberwolves one of the league's best active scorers, as well as an incredible playmaker and an elite three-point shooter.

This season, the 30-year-old superstar averaged 28.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.0 steals while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN. Towns and Russell won't definitely mind making adjustments with their game to accommodate Lillard as long as it would give them a realistic chance of capturing the Larry O'Brien Trophy next year.