This Raptors-Timberwolves Trade Involves Chris Boucher

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Does this trade make sense for the Minnesota Timberwolves?

Assuming they do not go out and make a trade for Ben Simmons, the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be a team that is going to be active near the trade deadline this year. Actually “buying” for once instead of “selling”, the Timberwolves need to find a way to upgrade their frontcourt talent, which is why Chris Boucher is a solid option for them to target. 

Being able to score from anywhere on the floor and also being a factor to block shots defensively, he could be the “spark” the Timberwolves are missing off the bench right now. Taurean Prince was a solid addition defensively for Minnesota this offseason, as was Pat Beverley, which is why going out and bolstering their defense is a logical thing to do. 

Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were one of the best bench scoring teams in the league, but so far this year, they rank just 17th in the league in bench points per game. The addition of Chris Boucher would not make them have the best bench in the league, but he is yet another guy they can feel comfortable with in terms of production when he is in the game.

You know what you are going to get with Boucher and off-the-bench for 20-plus minutes per game, he could provide some stability for this young Timberwolves team looking to make it back to the playoffs for the first-time since 2018. 

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Sending out Jake Layman, Josh Okogie and two second-round picks for Boucher may seem like a lot of future value given that the Minnesota Timberwolves could utilize these second-round picks, but they will have to be willing to sacrifice in order to try and win now. 

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