Minnesota trades Michael Beasley, Brad Miller, Nicolas Pekovic, and Anthony Randolph for Kevin Garnett and Avery Bradley.
Everybody loves a good homecoming story, and Kevin Garnett making a return to Minnesota makes sense. As we’ve discussed before, Beasley’s days in Minneosta are more than likely numbered. Beasley is a perfect fit as the centerpiece in exchange for any of the "Big Three," with high upside and a contract coming off the books this year (though the hope would obviously be that Beasley would earn an extension, the guy has more upside for the next ten years than the entire 2012 free agent class combined).
Speaking of upside, Anthony Randolph, enigmatic as his play may appear at times, could turn into a quality starting power forward. With Jermaine O’neal only getting creakier; Brad Miller (two years older than O’neal himself) and Pekovic could help take some of the burden off his knees. Hell, if they played it right we might even see Jermaine suiting up for a playoff series!
Minnesota could bring back one of the most beloved players in the state’s history to help instill a winning attitude and accountability defensively, even if he can’t top Phil Mickelson’s vertical at this point. Keeping Love’s (hopefully soon to be signed) contract extension in mind, the T-wolves could afford to move some of their extra assets for an expiring contract. What player with an expiring contract is more appealing to any Minnesota fan? While he wouldn’t be as effective as four years ago, Garnett could slide in next to Love at the center position (remember Perkins was often on the bench in crunch-time in favor of Glen Davis, often leaving Garnett to defend the opposing five), and that HAS to be an improvement over Darko (their current starter).
After the one-year rental the Wolves could offer him the mid-level (probably his market value) or let him walk, or more likely retire. Bradley is an interesting prospect, undersized as a shooting guard, he might be a poor man’s Russell Westbrook some day, but will need to drastically improve his ball handling and turnover rate before an NBA team turns the keys over to him as a point guard.