Minnesota Timberwolves players Alexey Shved and Derrick Williams are reportedly on the trading block. However, their trade stock is at an all time low.
The two have started out the season poorly, and have seen less minutes as a result. Both players would attract offers as a result of their potential upside, and it’s likely that plenty of GMs would take a chance on the intriguing Russian guard and the 2011 No. 2 draft pick.
While the offers for the two players would have been better last year when both of them spent time in the starting lineup, the Timberwolves are better off taking what they can get now rather than waiting to sell high after some good performances. The Timberwolves want to win now and are desperate for help off the bench, and neither player seems to be giving it.
Many teams in the rebuilding stage would be happy to trade a veteran to the Wolves in exchange for a promising youngster like Shved or Williams; Shved is 24 and in just his second season, and Williams is 22 and in his third season. Teams like the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers seem to be stockpiling young assets and could have interest.
Whatever proven veteran the Timberwolves are able to acquire will likely be able to help the team right now, which is their priority. They are thin at nearly every position, so it’s not a lock which position they’ll go after, but the Wolves could especially use a lockdown defender or a gifted shooter off the bench.
If they are able to pull off a trade, it will show the Wolves’ core of young stars that the front office is committed to winning after a nearly decade-long playoff drought. They should trade sooner rather than later, because even though Shved and Williams aren’t playing well, they are still young enough to be called potential break out guys. The older they grow, the more faded that label will become, and eventually, they’ll simply be busts.