There will be more complicating ones coming in the next few slides, but let’s warm up with a very simple and basic trade. The Bucks get Towns along with Cole Aldrich and the Timberwolves get Khris Middleton and the Bucks’ next available first round pick.
Milwaukee receives both big men in order to match up the salaries. Because Towns is in the final year of his rookie deal, he’s only making $7.8 million next season. Aldrich is set to make $7.3 million which helps even out the $13 million Middleton is making next year.
The Bucks also throw in their next available first round pick this season. They aren’t able to trade this year’s first because they owe the Phoenix Suns next year’s first if it lands between three and 17 and the NBA doesn’t allow teams to trade firsts in consecutive years. That means it will transfer over to the Timberwolves in 2022 at the latest.