It's been quite a while since the Minnesota Timberwolves have been a legit threat in the NBA. They haven't even made the playoffs since Jimmy Butler led them there in 2018, and it doesn't seem like that will change any time soon.
That's why the front office wants to make a big splash and trade for an All-Star. They know that they could lose Karl-Anthony Towns if they keep on losing, and the same can be said of D'Angelo Russell.
They've been following the Ben Simmons' saga for quite some time now, and according to a report, trading for Patrick Beverley could be the X-factor to try and acquire the former first-overall pick.
NBA Rumors: Patrick Beverley Could Be A Key Factor On A Trade For Ben Simmons
"Beverley’s status as a veteran with playoff experience may also make him a little easier to include in a possible trade offer for Ben Simmons. While certainly not anything close to a headliner, Beverley’s defensive chops and ability to hit open 3s would help Philadelphia a lot more than any combination of Culver and/or Hernangomez," reported Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
"The Wolves have continued to have discussions with the Sixers on Simmons, sources said, but the lack of win-now assets they could provide the Sixers in their pursuit of a championship has been a hindrance. A third team would almost assuredly have to be brought in to get more immediate impact assets to the Sixers, and that is a complicated endeavor," he added.
Patrick Beverley and Doc Rivers go back to their years in the Los Angeles Clippers, and while the Philadelphia 76ers still want a star caliber player in return for Simmons, Beverley's presence could help them sweeten a deal if they get a third team to cooperate as well.