The Wolves hold the #9, #26, #52 & #58 picks in the draft, but there's a good chance that Saunders will be in constant communication with two teams about getting his team a Top 5 pick: Charlotte & Phoenix.
Both the Bobcats and Suns were terrible a season ago and barring a major acquisition or turnaround/breakout, there's a good chance they'll be lottery teams yet again in 2013-14. So, the question becomes, are they willing to trade away a Top 5 pick in the 2013 Draft as they look to continue to acquire young talent/assets moving forward.
Ultimately it will all depend on what Flip is offering up in the trade. Obviously the #9 pick will be part of the trade, then it's likely they'd have to include a current player or two. Expendable players include: Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea & Greg Stiemsma.
If the Wolves move it, it's for one player and one player only: Indiana's Victor Oladipo. An athletic freak and defensive dynamo. His offense still needs work, but he'd be a welcome addition and a clear future at shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It'd be the long-term fix that the Wolves are in dire need of. Under David Kahn, he continued to look for quick fixes that constantly never panned out, the latest being $5million to Brandon Roy for 5 regular season games!
Would an offer of Derrick Williams & the #9 be enough to pry the #4 pick away from the Bobcats? I'd like to think so, they'd be getting a versatile and still very young talent and he'd be playing for a team that'd give him a lot of playing time--something he'll never get while he plays behind All-Star & MVP candidate Kevin Love.
The past two seasons the Wolves have shied away from drafting young talent and instead have gone the route of bringing in proven veterans. Saunders made it clear after he was hired that this team would feature a mixture of proven talent and rookie potential.
If the Wolves aren't able to move up in the Draft, rumor has it they like Shabazz Muhammad. However, the Pistons are also a fan and they hold the #8 pick.
There are plenty of scenarios and they'll be plenty more in the next month. As always we'll have them all right here on HOWL, thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!