NBA Trades: 5 superstars that teams will be lining up to trade for this summer

Karl-Anthony Towns, Trae Young, Desmond Bane, Zach LaVine, CJ McCollum
Karl-Anthony Towns, Trae Young, Desmond Bane, Zach LaVine, CJ McCollum / Jason Miller/GettyImages
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1) Karl-Anthony Towns- Minnesota Timberwolves

On March 12th, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that Karl-Anthony Towns underwent successful surgery to repair a left knee lateral meniscus tear and would be re-evaluated in four weeks. Prior to suffering the unfortunate knee injury that has sidelined him for the foreseeable future, trading Towns didn't seem like a real possibility. Minnesota was the number one seed in the Western Conference with a 43-19 record, looking primed for a deep playoff run.

A Grade 3 right calf strain limited KAT to 29 games last season, and now he’s out with another injury and there’s no timetable for his return. As talented as the four-time All-Star is, he’s already got a lot of wear and tear on his body and has now suffered significant leg injuries in back-to-back seasons. It may be time to move on from KAT and continue to build around Ant-Man while he's still young enough to fetch you a lot of assets.

Anthony Edwards has already proven this is his team now and it is he who will elevate the T-Wolves to new heights. He was recently selected for his second All-Star game in as many years and is enjoying the highest-scoring and most efficient season of his young career. And more importantly, as things currently stand, Minnesota will be in salary cap hell next season. 

The Timberwolves are a small market team and with Edwards’ salary jumping from $13.53 million to $35.25 million and Jaden McDaniels set to see a nearly $20 million increase as their respective rookie extensions kick in, the Timberwolves are projected to be the most expensive team in the league next season. Thus, Towns and his $49.35 million make him the likely odd man out in the North Star State.