2. Karl-Anthony Towns
The Timberwolves could clear their big man logjam by trading one of their two All-Stars. Towns is the more likely option because Minnesota would have to deal Rudy Gobert for less than they acquired him for just one year later. No lead decision-maker wants to do that and admit their mistake. The Wolves could get a massive return for KAT if he proves to be healthy.
Towns played 74 games in the 2021-22 season but has played 50 or less in three of the last four years. Since 2019, he is averaging just 47 games per season. The best ability is availability, and KAT has not been on the floor.
The three-time All-Star turns 28 in November. He should be in the middle of his prime and can still change the game whenever he is on the floor.
This would be a risky move by the Atlanta Hawks. Towns is just starting a five-year $158.2 million extension with a player option in 2027. He is locked up long-term, but are the Hawks willing to pay the luxury tax with their new Big 3? The fit makes the trade a bit riskier.
Karl-Anthony Towns is an elite offensive big man but struggles to protect the rim and defend on the perimeter. Atlanta would be going all-in on offense. It is difficult to win shootouts in the playoffs, but KAT may be the most talented player the Atlanta Hawks can acquire.