Written by Evan Massey
There have been rumors flying around about a trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Indiana Pacers for the last 15 minutes. The proposed deal would be:
No. 16 Overall Pick
No. 23 Overall Pick
No. 10 Overall Pick
and other pieces
The question many people are wondering is: Who are the other pieces heading to Minnesota? There are a couple guys I think could be involved, namely Brandon Rush and Troy Murphy.
Why Do This Deal for the Timberwolves?
Rush would be another young piece for the Wolves who could go in and compete for a starting job. I think Rush would fit in well with the young Minnesota team, and could add something that they haven’t had on that team really since Mike Miller left—shooting.
Murphy, on the other hand, would add more of a veteran big man who both rebounds and spreads the floor. Not only would he fit in well for this season in Minnesota, but if they don’t want to sign him long-term, he has a very large expiring contract next offseason.
Why Do This Deal for the Pacers?
The Pacers are in desperate need of a point guard, and they find themselves getting one in Jonny Flynn. Sure, he’s not the ideal option, but he’s a good passer, very explosive off the dribble, has a lot of experience (with Syracuse and a year with the T-Wolves), and understand how to play the game of basketball.
One big knock on his game is the fact that he doesn’t understand how to treat the ball like it’s gold every single time down the court. You’ll see him get a little careless and make some turnovers every now and then, but down the stretch last season he was able to cut down on those.
The two other pieces that we’re hearing about in this deal, the No. 16 and No. 23 picks, also come into play for the Pacers. Assuming teams don’t get all caught up with Butler guard/forward Gordon Hayward, he could fall right into Indiana’s lap.
Hayward is a player the hometown fans love, and Larry Bird loves him too. He would bring some shooting, along with being the replacement for Mike Dunleavy. The picks enable the Pacers to draft both positions of need, both wing/point guard and power forward, and still have two second round picks to deal with as well.
Overall this is a good deal for both teams, and while it’s still a rumor at this point in time, talks seem to be heating up.
I’ll have a much more in-depth write-up if this deal does indeed go down.