Trade Package No. 3
Here is the big one.
The Timberwolves made (what most people think is) a monumental mistake by giving Andrew Wiggins a max contract. By the time it runs out in 2022-2023, Wiggins’ salary spikes to over $33 million. This is for a guy who simply has not panned out as a star in this league — which is what many people thought he would be.
The short of it: The Bulls get both Wiggins and young forward Dario Saric, plus a first-round pick.
The Timberwolves would shed Wiggins’ deal which still has four long, grueling years left on it. In return, they get an upgrade in Porter, whose contract has a player option next summer, and will cost the Wolves a little less in his remaining year(s).
Wiggins reunites with his friend, LaVine, who might just help spark a turnaround in his career. Wiggins had (and still possesses) so much raw potential, but hasn’t been able to put it all together. Could a fresh start help him finally take off?
Chicago also gets a very valuable bench piece in Saric, who can shoot it from long distance and brings strong rebounding off the bench.
Of course, the Bulls also now have another first-rounder at no. 11 overall, which they could potentially use on players like Bol Bol, Jaxson Hayes, or Romeo Langford, among others. The Timberwolves also get a minor upgrade in the second round this year, swapping picks with the Bulls and moving up five spots.
This is a huge risk for both sides, potentially. But, you can’t say it wouldn’t be intriguing.