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NBA Preview: Minnesota Timberwolves (28-11) at Detroit Pistons (4-36)

Alec Burks may be playing too well to remain with the Detroit Pistons much longer.

The 32-year-old reserve guard has emerged as one of the few bright spots for the Pistons. He tied his career high with 34 points against Washington on Monday afternoon, lifting his club to just its fourth victory.

The Pistons will look to collect back-to-back wins for the second time this season when they begin a six-game homestand against Western Conference leader Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Burks is averaging 18.7 points over the last 11 games.

Burks could be the type of player a contender would covet for its second unit. Making him even more attractive to potential suitors is that he has an expiring $10.49 million contract.

The Pistons already pulled off a deal with the Wizards on Sunday, shipping forwards Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Livers and two second-round picks to Washington for forwards Danilo Gallinari and Mike Muscala.

Detroit’s motivation was mainly to clear more cap space for the offseason. None of the players suited up against their former teams on Monday but Gallinari and Muscala could make their Pistons debuts on Wednesday.

Minnesota is coming off a productive weekend. The Timberwolves defeated Portland by 23 points on Friday, then pulled out a 109-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

Gobert posted 15 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks. He knocked down four free throws in the final minute after missing seven of 10 earlier in the contest.

Edwards led the offense with 33 points and six assists. The top pick of the 2020 draft, Edwards is averaging 26.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season.

The Timberwolves are making a quick pit stop in Detroit. They’ll return home to play Memphis on Thursday in the second game of a back-to-back.

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