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Timberwolves owner says team may keep No. 2 pick

May 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

Glen Taylor Timberwolves AP

The scuttlebutt is that GM David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping the No. 2 pick hard. Other teams say the Wolves are asking for the moon, but the pick is available. Kahn of course has said that no decision has been made, options are being explored.

But Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sounded more like a guy who wanted to keep likely No. 2 pick Derrick Williams. Or Enes Kanter. Or whomever becomes that pick.

This is what he told the Star Tribune:

“I think it’s most likely we’ll keep [the pick] … but we’re open to look at a trade,” said Taylor, who will let Kahn make the final decision. “But most likely we’ll keep [the player who is drafted]. I just think when you get a pick that high, you would want to keep it for the future.”

Now, if you were shopping the pick, this is exactly what you should say. But it sounds more and more like Minnesota wants a lot for that pick or they may just keep it.

Also in that interview, Taylor says Kahn will decide the fate of coach Kurt Rambis but has not decided yet, and that he hopes to avoid a lockout. So, he danced around the hard questions.

  1. lphboston - May 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    If the Wolves decide to move the pick, how about Glen Davis and two No. 1s from Boston? Minnesota gets a energy rotation player in Davis and a couple of draft picks who will definitely make the team, and Boston gets the Williams kid from Arizona. Williams plays for a year or two behind Garnett, then moves into the 4 with Green at the 3 and Rondo at the 1. Ainge goes hunting for scoring guard to replace Allen and tries to to find another Pekins-type animal in the middle.

    • lebronsinsecurity - May 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      Too bad in your scenario, you forget that Mchale is no longer the GM of the Wolves.. If McHale was still there, then yeah, he’d love to help out his favorite team.

    • whatagreatfootballmind - May 24, 2011 at 12:07 AM

      maybe we can trade Darko Milicic, Anthony Tolliver, Nikola Pekovic, and Sebastian Telfair for Ray Allen, Paul Piece, Kevin Garnett, and Boston’s 1st round pick.

      Your trade is almost as ridicilous as that.

  2. mnsportsfan - May 23, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    I just don’t see much of a scenario where we will get a player back that legitimately helps us and doesn’t hog up salary. I would be upset, though, if they didn’t explore all options.

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  3. supermattbjorke - May 23, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    glen davis is a free agent first of all. As dumb as kahn presents himself at times, i dont believe he is that dumb to trade the pick for trash i mean celtics players. you ibhboston or whatever your name is. You my friend are in a fantasy land if you think we will do that. Williams can/will shit on glen baby davis. We were discussing the likes of granger not davis for the pick.

  4. whatagreatfootballmind - May 24, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Ask yourself, why would the Timberwolves have interest in Glen Davis?? Also the 1st round picks might be enticing if they were not in the back of the 1st round.

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