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How the Rudy Gobert trade impacts the Dallas Mavericks

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How Rudy Gobert trade impacts Dallas Mavericks: 4. Timberwolves all-in

New Wolves president Tim Connelly put all his draft picks into trading for Gobert. Minnesota signed Karl-Anthony Towns to a max extension, and their core is locked in for the foreseeable future. D’Angelo Russell has been dangled in the trade market, but Anthony Edwards, KAT, and Gobert give them a strong big three that can compete with any team in the league.

The Timberwolves finished seventh in the Western Conference last season, and they plan on avoiding the play-in tournament in 2023, but that will not be easy. Utah could fall out, but the other five teams are gearing up for another run and the LA Clippers will be back near the top if Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are healthy. The Pelicans, Blazers, and Lakers plan on being healthier and improved too, so there will be no easy paths in the West playoffs.

Minnesota is all-in, but will Gobert and Towns fit? Sure, it maximizes KAT’s offensive game, but he will have to guard on the perimeter, especially in the playoffs. Can he get out on wings and contest shots? Gobert will be in the middle to clean things up, but it won’t be easy.

The Minnesota Timberwolves plan on competing with the Dallas Mavericks for a top-four spot in the Western Conference, and the two could face off in the playoffs for years to come.