Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
With 10 days until the 2013 NBA Draft, the rumor mill continues to swirl. One such rumor today involved the Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks.
In the rumored deal, the Timberwolves would send Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and the #26 pick to the Knicks in exchange for New York's Tyson Chandler.
Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities had this to say on the subject...
With this deal the Timberwolves would be thinning out some of that point guard depth and taking Derrick Williams' salary off the books. Tyson Chandler is a former Defensive Player of the Year (2013), NBA All-Defensive First Team (2013), All-Star (2013), All-NBA Third Team (2012), NBA Champion (2011), Two-Time NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2011 & 2012).
Tyson is also a player that has dealt with a number of injuries throughout his playing days. With all the injuries in Minnesota the past two seasons and injury prone center isn't at the top of my list for trade targets.
I'm also a BIG fan of Nikola Pekovic (as most of you well know). Trading for Chandler would definitely mean the end of Pekovic in Minnesota. These two centers are polar opposites. Pekovic is known for his brute strength and offensive skill around the bucket. Chandler is known for his incredible athleticism, rim protection and occasional highlight reel throwdown.
While I love Pek, the idea of an athletic, defensive-minded center that can protect the rim, compliment Kevin Love and can run with Ricky Rubio--as well as the occasional hook-up for a nasty alley-oop slam.
With just over a week to go until the NBA Draft we'll hear trade rumors galore and it won't be shocking if the Wolves do indeed swing a deal before or on Draft night. Stay tuned for plenty more including the final part of our Mock Drafts "Around the Net" in the next week and a half. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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