It seems pretty certain at this point, if you trust all the rumors and reports going around, that the Timberwolves are going to give it their best shot in the Ben Simmons trade market this offseason. Levels of interest in Simmons around the league and throughout various teams may vary, and it's basically anyone's guess as to who really wants to pursue the polarizing 24-year-old at this point in time, but it looks as though the Timberwolves are near the top of that list.
Some more news that broke on Friday reaffirms that notion. According to Dane Moore, who covers the Timberwolves for Blue Wire, Sixers GM Elton Brand and Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas met and discussed a potential Simmons-to-Minnesota trade during the NBA combine in Chicago. That's the same place where Simmons' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, spoke with Brand and Daryl Morey about the potential of a trade this offseason, though no requests were made.
Senior Timberwolves writer Jon Krawczynski added his own fuel to the fire, saying his "sources indicate that [the Timberwolves] will be in on Simmons in addition to a number of other players as they try to vault into playoff contention," and you'd think that the trio of Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Edwards and Simmons — plus D'Angelo Russell, who Krawczynski says is viewed as part of the core — could be enough to get that done. What Minnesota could give up for Simmons, then, is a more difficult question to answer, seeing as Towns and Edwards are likely untouchable and there aren't too many other intriguing pieces, or even packages, for them to offer. After three straight losing seasons, including a 23-49 finish in 2020, you have to think that Minnesota wants to straighten out the franchise sooner rather than later, especially given that Towns (24.8 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 4.5 APG, .486/.387/.859) is in his athletic prime.