Watching the Timberwolves this season it is evident they lack a 3rd star behind Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Andrew Wiggins is playing a lot more stress free this season with Jimmy Butler and Tom Thibodeau no longer around barking down his neck about his lack
of effort. Turn over to Buddy Hield who just got a 4-year contract from Vlade Divac after talks were delayed but he is not quite fitting in with the Kings so far. Luke Walton benched him recently but his production has not dipped much even after the demotion, why would it? The guy is a scorer and that is what he is best at which is what Minnesota currently needs. Sure Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins have been darn good this season but they lack a third guy who can space the floor out for them and Buddy is the perfect man for the job.
The Timberwolves are pretty much locked in with Towns and Wiggins over the next few seasons so they might as well build a team around Towns that won’t have him wanting out in the near future. When you give a player a $190 million dollar contract over the coarse of 5 years and that player is giving you All-Star caliber numbers at the age of 24, your best bet would be building around that young piece because a good portion of Towns’s prime will be played out through the duration of his new contract. Buddy Hield won’t improve the Timberwolves defense but they could go from 15th in the NBA in scoring to Top 5 with a shooter like Buddy Hield, not to mention Andrew Wiggins has rounded out his game a bit more this season and has become a much better play-maker this season. Think of it as the Timberwolves giving us a glimpse of what would’ve been had the Timberwolves not moved Zach Lavine away to Minnesota for Jimmy Butler. Everyone reflects on how potent Zach,Karl, and Andrew would’ve been together if Minnesota had stayed the coarse. Most would agree Zach Lavine is probably better than Buddy Hield but not by much to be honest.
For all I know Andrew Wiggins probably gets traded but he’s not to blame for Minnesota’s struggles this season,they just don’t have much beyond Wiggins and Towns. Jarrett Culver has been a bright spot but this season is more about developing for Culver than anything else, the Timberwolves can just run him at the point guard position and his defense compensates for Buddy’s defensive liability. Picture a lineup of Culver,Hield,Wiggins, what could be possibly Obi Toppin in the 2020 NBA Draft and Towns. That would be a lineup that can do damage next year in the Western Conference, everyone in the starting lineup is a shot creator and can spread the floor. As for the Kings, Bogdan Bogdanovic has settled into the starting Shooting Guard role and even though he turned down a 4 year $51 million dollar offer from the Kings months back, Sacramento will be sure to lock him up to a contract if they trade away Buddy Hield.
To conclude Buddy Hield might play out his contract with the Sacramento Kings for all i know but at the pace Minnesota is going they will not make the playoffs this season which would be a huge disappointment in my opinion and could lead to a very disgruntled Karl Anthony-Towns who might ask out over the summer. The Timberwolves,Suns,Spurs,Grizzlies, and Pelicans all vying for the lower seeds in the Western Conference and the Minnesota Timberwolves are right in the thick of things so it would be smart for Gersson Rosas to pull some moves now while they still can. It took the Houston Rockets 9 years to build a contender around cornerstone Hakeem Olajuwon and yes they eventually won 2 consecutive NBA Titles but this is a new era, Karl Anthony-Towns knows he is in a battle for supremacy in the NBA and much like Anthony Davis he must realize you only get real valuation as a legend in the NBA if you win Championships. For now all Karl can do is trust the Minnesota Timberwolves office will do right by him and acquire Buddy Hield.