You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so I don’t blame the Clippers for trying, but the T-Wolves would have been dumb as hell even to entertain this deal.
Basketball Insiders breaks down how it all went down.
The Los Angeles Clippers proposed a blockbuster deal to the Minnesota Timberwolves involving forward Blake Griffin and center Karl-Anthony Towns, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
The trade proposal didn’t advance past an exploratory call from the Clippers as Minnesota declined, league sources told Basketball Insiders. Minnesota views Towns, the former No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft, as a franchise-caliber player and a vital piece of the future who is not for sale at this time.
Griffin makes $29.5 million and Towns only makes $6.2 million this season, which makes a one-for-one swap impossible due to the $23.3 million salary gap. At least two additional Timberwolves players would need to be included in a trade involving Griffin and Towns to make it work financially. The Clippers would’ve also needed to create another roster spot for the hypothetical incoming third Timberwolves player.
Just from a money standpoint, it was damn near impossible, but what it does tell you is the Clippers have some buyer’s remorse on Griffin’s max contract, and if the right deal came around they would trade him.