This last trade might have the most value for both teams, making it the most likely deal. The Timberwolves get an underrated star in Middleton, an up-and-coming young player and great rotational piece in Brogdon plus another youngster with a high ceiling, Thon Maker.
Maker is the X-factor in this trade. It all depends on how Thibodeau and co. value him and his ceiling. He’s still raw, but has shown flashes of having the skills necessary to be a starting-caliber big man in the NBA. He can step to the outside to drain threes, he can block shots and protect the paint and he’s also a great teammate.
Milwaukee again gets the prize in Towns along with the partially-guaranteed contract of Aldrich and a rotational player in Jones.
For any of these trades, the Bucks are receiving the best player in the deal and that’s Towns. Typically, that’s a great way to win trades in this league. We’ll see if this report about Towns being unhappy goes anywhere. And if it does, the Bucks should immediately pick up the phone if they haven’t already.