The new ownership group of the Minnesota Timberwolves has interest in trading for Ben Simmons, which could put Sachin Gupta in a unique situation of negotiating a major trade despite ostensibly acting as the interim head of their front office.
The conventional wisdom around the league has been that Simmons would be a natural fit with Karl-Anthony Towns. In any trade for Simmons, the Wolves would also consider Anthony Edwards to be completely untouchable. The Wolves would prefer to keep D'Angelo Russell but are believed to be willing to trade him if necessary.
"That's his challenge. Even though he doesn't have the interim tag, he knows he's essentially an interim guy," said Jon Krawczynski on The Athletic NBA Show of Gupta. "Do you make the decisions you think is best for the organization or the one you think is going to get you the job? Because I do know ownership is very bullish on Ben Simmons. They are very intrigued by the idea of adding him Towns, Edwards..."
Gupta, like Gersson Rosas, previously worked under Daryl Morey with the Houston Rockets.
"They want to get in," said Krawczynski on a Minnesota trade for Simmons. "I think Simmons' value around the league is pretty low, but the Wolves are bullish. They want to be at the head of this table. They know they don't have the pieces to give Daryl Morey that are immediately going to help him win a championship. The hope is that maybe if Daryl Morey gets pressed into a corner, maybe he would take a draft pick heavy package from the Wolves and then use some of those picks later on down the line to go get a Damian Lillard or a Bradley Beal."
Krawczynski also added that Towns and Simmons have been on "good terms."
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