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Report: Wolves Trade Robert Covington to Houston

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Late Tuesday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves finally made their big trade (no, not THAT one):

With a very important (and very questionable) follow-up:

While most of Tuesday was spent following Twitter for the latest updates on a D’Angelo Russell trade, the night was capped by news of a 4-team deal, which included approximately 100 players and two first round picks.

My instant reaction to this is...sure. The front office is clearly empowered to take big risks with a floundering franchise that has seen little to no success over the last decade. Gersson Rosas stated from day one that the his only goal was to build a championship caliber team around Karl-Anthony Towns, and if that required ridding the roster of every player not nicknamed KAT, then so be it.

Robert Covington was beloved by Towns, the fans, and the analytical community. He was the prize of the Jimmy Butler trade, which after the departure of RoCo means the Wolves essentially traded Jimmy Butler for Jarrett Culver, Malik Beasley, and a first round pic. Nice.

OH... more details as they come across the ticker:

So in reality, the Wolves traded Robert Covington, Keita Bates-Diop, and Jordan Bell for Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, and a pick. That is... fairly difficult to digest, but as the team apparently attempts to get worse before it gets better, the only guarantee going forward is additional transactions, so stay tuned.



As for the math:

So yeah... stay tuned.