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Report: Kyrie Irving won’t fall past Wolves, if he falls at all

Apr 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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The 2011 draft class doesn’t bowl you over with names. It’s considered one of the weakest in years. But all that does is make Kyrie Irving look like more of a sure thing. The Duke freshman is widely considered the top overall player in the draft and has been seen as such since he dazzled scouts last summer. But there’s always that chance that things could change and his combine numbers or some other element could push him down. Team needs is the easiest. Say the Warriors, Bucks, and Timberwolves land 1-2-3, all with point guards in place, or on their way, in the case of the Wolves with Ricky Rubio, according to the Wolves at least. Irving would probably fall in that situation, right?

Not so much. reports that Irving won’t fall past the Wolves. Rubio is reportedly leaning towards coming to America like Eddie Murphy lockout or no lockout, but Irving presents such a talent base that David Kahn would take him regardless, meaning a trade either for Irving or Rubio. Either way, it would present a huge opportunity for the Wolves. Trading Rubio on the open market would bring in more assets which is what they need despite Kahn’s insistence that rebuilding is over for Minnesota. Trading Irving would fetch an even higher price.

Then again, there’s always the chance that the Wolves roll the dice with both Irving and Rubio, causing more tension between the two and further frustrating a fanbase. But maybe it could work. Weirder things have happened. Odds are this is moot. No, literally, the odds are this is moot and a team with a point guard need like Cleveland or Sacramento snatches him up in the top 3.

  1. goforthanddie - Apr 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    You take him if you get that chance. I’d rather have him than Rubio anyway.

  2. jstrizzle - Apr 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Kahn envisions playing both PGs right? Most people haven’t forgiven him for drafting Rubio and then Flynn. In reality it was the smartest thing to do. Well the smartest would have been Rubio and then Curry but back to back PGs made sense because it was such a PG heavy draft. Go back and look at the draft and find who else other than Curry would have been a much smarter pick without using hindsight. Most of the insults should be thrown at Memphis and Hasheem Thabeet pick. But at the time that seemed like such a safe pick as well.

    Fact of the matter is you take the best player who has a chance to become a playmaker regardless of who is on your roster. It just becomes more assets in the future in that case.

  3. purdueman - Apr 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    This Dukie Pukie is a true “one and done-er”. Wow! He played a whole whopping 11 games for the Pukies! He should now become the poster child for what’s wrong with collegiate basketball.

  4. danvoges - Apr 11, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    whats wrong w. collegiate basketball?

    • purdueman - Apr 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      danv… plenty is wrong with college basketball:

      1) Too few schools have a monopoly on incoming “one and done” talent;
      2) Aside from the mid-majors and small conference schools, the regular season is largely irrelevant now; and
      3) Schools signing “one and done-ers” need to be given stiff penalties if the kids they recruit leave after their freshman years as a way to stop curbing this nonsense.

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