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Should the Suns trade the No. 1 pick for Karl-Anthony Towns?

In the last 24 hours, it has been reported that the Suns are open to trading the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Just last night, it  was also reported that Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves are currently “not in a good place.” The clashing of these two stories could be the perfect storm for the Phoenix Suns, as they are starving for a good big man.

If the Timberwolves truly cannot make it work for Towns, dealing him for that pick would be a good idea. Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton sits atop of the draft and could replace Towns.

A tweet like the one below certainly will stoke the rumor-mongering.

Booker and Towns were teammates at the University of Kentucky and had one of the best seasons in program history, losing only one game the entire year. Despite being one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns did rank tenth in the NBA in points in the paint per game. The only concern with Towns is his defense and he would be expected to play more consistent protecting the rim if the Suns were to actually try to make a trade for him.

The Suns ranked 22nd in the NBA in points per game allowed in the paint. The Minnesota Timberwolves sat only three spots ahead of Phoenix at 19th. Another factor in a potential, albeit premature, discussion about a trade would be a contract extension. Towns will be a restricted free agent in 2019, meaning the Wolves can match what Towns is offered. Towns will most likely command a max, or even a super-max contract — so money could factor here.

The Suns sit at third in the NBA in total cap space, so they could make the offer; while Minnesota sits at 13th. The biggest factor that could hinder a potential Suns-Wolves deal is an asset outside of the pick — the Suns do not have too much to be desired for players. Teams like the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have more assets in that regard, so we will have to see how Minnesota wants to handle dealing Towns. Although it bears mentioning there is no guarantee the T’Wolves would even consider executing such a franchise-altering maneuver in the first place.