Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
We've heard plenty of trade rumors involving the Minnesota Timberwolves as we draw closer and closer to the 2013 NBA Draft. Just two days ago there was a report of the Wolves trading Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour & the #26 pick for New York's Tyson Chandler. Today, Derrick Williams is the center of another potential trade.
There is a report of rumors involving the Wolves and the Cavaliers that centers around Derrick Williams and the #9 pick for the #1 pick in the draft. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio had this to say shortly after the news created a buzz on Twitter...
A couple days after the NBA Draft Lottery, there was another rumored trade scenario. The Cavaliers REALLY want Kevin Love and actually believed the #1 pick would be enough to pry him out of Minnesota. Flip Saunders has made it abundantly clear he has absolutely no intention of trading away the 'face of the franchise' and the cornerstone of the Timberwolves moving forward. So, would the Cavaliers take the former #2 pick and the #9 pick. With Williams, the Cavaliers would have a battle at power forward between two young and up-and-comers in this League or if Williams ever figures out how to play small forward, he could solve a lot of problems for the Cavaliers moving forward.
This is, across the board, considered a fairly weak draft and for the first time in years, there really isn't a consensus #1 pick (ie: Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, John Wall, etc). So, it's tough to say whether or not the #9 pick and D-Will should be enough to select #1 overall.
Entertaining the idea of the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting #1 overall, who's their primary target? Without question, the name that has come up the most these past few weeks has been Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo. Projected as a Top 10 pick following the end of the NCAA season, he's risen up draft boards with excellent interviews and workouts. Flip Saunders is one of many execs that like what they see in Oladipo.
Some other possibilities for the Wolves at #1? Nerlens Noel or Ben McLemore. At one point these two were consensus #1 & #2 picks, now it's uncertain if either will be selected in the Top 2, at all! McLemore's poor workouts and inconsistent play have teams second guessing him, while Noel's ACL injury certainly has teams wary.
The Wolves' main target and #1 on their draft board is undoubtedly Victor Oladipo and its really no secret that if they want him in a TWolves uni, they're going to have to move into the Top 5--or potentially the Top 2.
The draft is just eight days away, stay tuned for plenty more as well as Part IV of our Mock Drafts "Around the Net", likely up by Friday (6/21) evening.
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