Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Utah Jazz made the playoffs as an eighth seed in the Western Conference and as a result, the Minnesota Timberwolves get their first overall pick. That was a part of the trade they made before last season, when they traded Al Jefferson to the Jazz for Kosta Koufos (now with the Nuggets) and two first round picks (lottery protected).
Utah lost a three-way tiebreaker with the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks (who all had the same 36-30 record). The tiebreaker then decided who would select 16th, 17th & 18th. The NBA made a blind draw that left Utah sitting last after the Knicks went first and the Mavs second.
Of course, the Timberwolves' own first round pick belongs to the New Orleans Hornets. They acquired that pick in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Clippers as a key part of that Chris Paul swap. The Clippers previously owned it because of a trade that sent Marko Jaric to the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2005. With our pick and how we finished, the pick currently sits at 10th overall, with a 1.1% chance of winning the lottery (aka the 1st overall pick).
The Wolves will likely select a shooting guard in the draft. Players that the Wolves will look at include, Kentucky's Doron Lamb, Washington's Terrence Ross or Tony Wroten Jr., Syracuse's Dion Walters, small forward Royce White from Iowa State or potentially an athletic shot-blocking center/forward.
There's also a good chance that Kahn packages the pick and trades for a veteran, likely at one of the wing positions (shooting guard/small forward).
The Wolves also own the 58th overall pick in this summer's draft, acquired in a trade with Oklahoma City, when they sent Lazar Hayward to the Thunder. Their own second-round pick, 40th overall, belongs to Portland via Houston.
That's all for now, hope you enjoy/are enjoying the playoffs, still check back daily for your year-round TWolves updates. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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