The Clippers and Nuggets are among the teams that have expressed trade interest in Timberwolves center Naz Reid, per Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
Reid, 23, is 6-foot-9 and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He has filled in admirably for the injured Karl-Anthony Towns, with Reid averaging 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds, shooting 54 percent from the field, in 40 games.
His scoring average has increased to 15.4 points in his seven starts, as Scotto noted.
While Reid’s looming free agency makes him a natural trade candidate, the Wolves reportedly are also “gauging the trade market” on guard D’Angelo Russell, Scotto wrote, citing earlier reports.
“(C)could the Clippers entice Minnesota executive Tim Connelly with guard Terance Mann as part of a trade package, or the Nuggets with guard Bones Hyland, whom Connelly drafted in Denver?” Scott wrote.
Either way, it will be interesting to see what the Timberwolves might do ahead of the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They were already sort of treading water when Towns was healthy. Without him, they seem to be headed back to the lottery after a promising season in which they made the playoffs.
Along with Reid, the Clippers are said to be interested in available Bucks forward/center Serge Ibaka, sources have told Hoops Wire.
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