Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Indiana's Victor Oladipo's representatives made it clear that their client wouldn't be working out for any teams outside of the Top 5. The Timberwolves were told that Oladipo would 'work out' for them, IF they demonstrated the ability to be able to trade up to a Top 5 pick (Cleveland, Orlando, Washington, Charlotte or Phoenix).
Apparently the Wolves have shown that ability as word came today that Flip Saunders would be heading to Washington D.C. to meet with Oladipo for a workout as well as an interview.
Its been no secret that Flip is clearly enamored with Oladipo and he sits at the top of the Timberwolves' draft board for the NBA Draft at the end of this month.
Victor would be the perfect fit for a team that has been without a true shooting guard for far too long. While his offensive game still needs polishing, he has shown great potential and is already pegged to be a premier defensive stopper in the NBA.
A starting lineup of Rubio, Oladipo, Kirilenko, Love & Pekovic would be very versatile and lethal on the court. In Rubio, Oladipo & Kirilenko you have three great perimeter defenders and in Love & Pekovic you have, potentially, one of the best one-two punches/inside-outside presences in the League.
The Wolves still need shooters, however. Guys who can hang around the perimeter, get left wide open and then knock those shots down. Chase Budinger fits that mold--assuming he's re-signed and we all hope Alexey Shved can find his stroke this summer and carry that on into 2013-14.
What'll it take for the Wolves to move into the Top 5? Without a doubt, the #9 pick would be part of any deal and then possibly Derrick Williams or Luke Ridnour/J.J. Barea. Flip has made it clear that the Wolves have a logjam at point guard and vows to clear that up. Flip says the Wolves have five point guards on the roster, which obviously means: Rubio, Ridnour, Barea, Lee & Shved. The Wolves desperately need to balance the roster and that means one or more of these guys won't be in Minnesota next season.
With just 14 days until the NBA Draft, I'm sure there'll be plenty more stories, rumors and updates so stay tuned to HOWL for all of those! Until then, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
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