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Report: Timberwolves willing to trade No. 2 pick

May 18, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

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Clearly, Minnesota GM David Kahn did not love getting the No. 2 pick in the draft.

Can’t really blame him (question how he handled it, what he said, but not the natural reaction of being frustrated). Duke point guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of sense for the Wolves (despite all their other PGs, none of the ones on the roster are as good as Irving and Ricky Rubio is still a year or more away), but consensus No. 2 pick Derrick Williams out of Arizona does not. Williams is a combo forward, but he’s not about to supplant Kevin Love at the four, and then there is Michael Beasley at the three. This was not a need position for the Timberwolves.

So they are willing to trade the pick, according to Chad Ford at ESPN.

I’m already hearing from sources that Minnesota has told people it’s very open to moving the second pick. Kahn really wants to add some veteran help to the team.

That would be a smart move (for the right deal). Veteran help at a position of need would make a lot more sense than drafting Williams for Minnesota. If it happens, this is the kind of trade that happens on draft day June 23, but it’s something to watch for. For the right deal I can see the Wolves pulling the trigger.

  1. Mike Tomlin - May 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Move up Wiz!

  2. jd - May 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Trade K.Love while they’re at it. It’s not like that franchise is going to do anything else while they wait for Rubio’s knees to blow out.

  3. savvybynature - May 18, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    They should trade the #2 pick along with the rights to Rubio to CLE for the #1. CLE should take Williams. Sessions is no Irving but CLE has a bigger need at the 3 then at guard.

  4. lphboston - May 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    How about Glen Davis and two No. 1s for the No. 2 overall this year? Fatso Davis has just about eaten himself out of the rotation and the Celtics have three No. 1s (including Clippers’ No. 1 next year) over the next two years. Rivers coming back means the Celtics have no stomach for blowing up the team and starting over, but Derrick Williams could learn for a year until Garnett calls it quits, then move in. Boston gets younger, then Green and Williams could be at the 3 and 4 for the next half-decade. Still more holes to plug, but it’s a start. Ainge could go looking for a 2-guard and another Perkins-type animal at center. Davis could get a fresh start in Minnesota, where depth is a huge problem, and Kahn gets his jollies by being more of a player in the 2012 draft.

  5. supermattbjorke - May 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    I’m from mn and to be honest I dont really understand what this dude is doing. we obviously need to take #Mr.Williams he is more athletic then beasley, Beasley has his issues from game to game. I dont see any harm with pushing beasley to the bench. If he wants to start he will put his heart where it should be. If not we have a combo forward who is vastly more athletic then every slouch on our #Twolves team. We can risk taking another point gaurd besides irving. I understand that if we could get a veteran point gaurd it would help but im not willing to give up #2 and johnny & webster for some old has been point gaurd and a project player.

  6. supermattbjorke - May 18, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    *CANT risk.

  7. dogsweat1 - May 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Now sell the team to San Jose…

    San Jose Timber Wolves 2012..

  8. cosanostra71 - May 18, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    What do you give up for the #2 pick though? Who would be interested in moving up?

  9. dragyn44 - May 18, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    I am sure Orlando may be intersted int he pick. But do they have enough assetts to trade for it? They definately can use a #4 like Williams. They need to do anything they can to keep Dwight!!

  10. smitheye - May 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    Supermatt, to say that Derrick Williams is more athletic than Michael Beasley is one of the most idiotic things I’ve ever read.

  11. bleedhouse - May 18, 2011 at 8:52 PM

    Cavs trade their number 4 pick and there 14 million dollar exception for the number 2 pick and draft irving and williams

  12. supermattbjorke - May 19, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Smitheye, i dont really see your logic. beasley and williams coming out of college are basically identical. Williams shoots a higher percentage of three and has a bigger frame. I have been to many timberwolves game’s and mr.beasley didn’t overly impress me with his athleticism. Beasley deff can score and be athletic don’t get me wrong but beasley at times looks very shaky at the 4 or 3. Regardless we are drafting irving or williams, you dont trade the top 2 picks regardless of if its a weak draft year.

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