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Report: Wolves trade with Grizzlies for Patrick Beverley

One of the best defenders in the NBA is coming to Minnesota.

After doing literally nothing since NBA free agency opened, the Timberwolves moved the needle a little bit on Tuesday by trading for All-NBA-caliber defensive guard Patrick Beverley. 

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are sending 2019 first-round pick (No. 6 overall) Jarrett Culver and forward Juancho Hernangomez to the Grizzlies for Beverly. 

Beverley, 33, shot just shy of 40% from three last season, but he's unlikely to provide much offense for Minnesota. Instead, he's a bulldog on the defensive end and should prove to be a very valuable piece on a team that has struggled defensively for ages.

He's a three-time All-Defensive team selection, twice being voted onto the second team and once being elected to the first team (2016-17). 

Culver battled injuries last season – he played in 34 games, starting seven – but is still only 22 years old and could have a bright future. Hernangomez was more durable but only averaged 7.2 points in just over 17 minutes per game last season. 

Wolves insider Dane Moore says Minnesota was hoping to find a way to trade with Boston for point guard Marcus Smart, but the Celtics signing Smart to an extension this week turned Rosas' attention to Beverley. 

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