NBA Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves Shopping Guard

The Minnesota Timberwolves find themselves in an unfamiliar position heading into the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline next Thursday.  The Timberwolves are currently in a playoff position in the 7th seed with a 26-25 record and 5 games ahead of the 10th place Trail Blazers.  At this rate, even if the Timberwolves suffer an extended losing streak, the odds are good that they will still at least get a chance at the Play-In Tournament. 

The Timberwolves are expected to make some moves either in an effort to bolster their depth for a playoff run or simply to save some money trading players that they don't see as a part of their long-term future.  One player that could fit either description for Minnesota, is veteran point guard Patrick Beverley.  Beverley is in the final year of a 3-year, $40 million contract, so his significant cap hit ($14.3 million) could be used in a variety of packages, especially because the 33-year-old is having a good season and could really help a contending team with his elite perimeter defense.  

According to Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Timberwolves are trying to move Beverley, and they already have a potential replacement in mind:

Before Patrick Beverley reaches free agency, Minnesota is exploring trade avenues involving its veteran point guard in addition to the Timberwolves' conversations regarding Malik Beasley. Marcus Smart has been mentioned as a recent target for Minnesota who would fill Beverley's integral role in the Wolves' starting lineup.

Smart has a very similar game to Beverley, but he is six years younger, so the Wolves could see him being an integral part of their core for many years to come.  Many analysts expect both players to be moved ahead of the deadline, although Boston's recent surge up the standings may negate their desire to make a deal.

Stay tuned to the latest on Patrick Beverley and the Minnesota Timberwolves.  

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