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The Los Angeles Clippers proposed a trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves centered on Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, only to be denied, according to a report from Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
Scotto, citing sources, wrote that the conversations never got past the exploratory stage, with the Timberwolves viewing Towns “as a franchise-caliber player and a vital piece of the future” who is not available.
Towns was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, and he and the Timberwolves are having an excellent season with the likes of Towns, Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins leading the way.
“Griffin makes $29.5 million and Towns only makes $6.2 million this season, which makes a one-for-one swap impossible due to the $23.3 million salary gap,” Scotto wrote. “At least two additional Timberwolves players would need to be included in a trade involving Griffin and Towns to make it work financially. The Clippers would’ve also needed to create another roster spot for the hypothetical incoming third Timberwolves player.”
The Clippers have been aggressive ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline, according to multiple reports, with both center DeAndre Jordan and shooting guard Lou Williams potentially being available.
Now, it seems, Griffin is, too.
“Despite the free agent addition of Danilo Gallinari, the writing on the wall for a rebuild was evident when All-Star guard Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets,” Scotto wrote of the Clippers.