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Wolves would like to trade No. 2 pick, still get Kanter

May 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t know what they are going to do with the No. 2 pick yet — keep it or trade it.

But maybe we know what their dream scenario will be.

In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick says this about Minnesota and the No. 2 pick:

It should surprise no one that Minnesota is entertaining offers for this pick. (Arizona forward Derrick) Williams is considered by most teams (including Minnesota) to be the best player available after Irving, but it’s hardly a fantastic fit. Michael Beasley has a similar skill set, and forward Kevin Love and swingman Wesley Johnson don’t appear to be going anywhere. One source says the Wolves have considered moving down a spot or two to take Enes Kanter while getting additional assets in a trade.

Trade the pick and still get Kanter, the center from Turkey who was star of the recent NBA Draft Combine, would indeed be a steal.

The problems are two-fold. First, would the team moving into the No. 2 spot take Kanter? Williams is the consensus second best player available, but he’s not a guy teams think is so good they want to give up much to get in that spot and get him. Kanter (in part because few have seen him play in recent years) holds some allure — a team may move up to No. 2 to get him.

The other is what the Jazz will do at No. 3. Kanter might be the best available player at that point, but the Jazz already have Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap up front. What the Jazz need is a point guard like Brandon Knight. But might they just take the best player available anyway, regardless of position.

For a draft not deep in top-flight talent, it is a draft deep with intrigue.

  1. goforthanddie - May 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    I’d say if they wanted this guy at Kentucky, he must be pretty good.

  2. Justin - May 26, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Trade with Cleveland would be a trade that would make slight sense. They get Irving and Williams to go along with Varejao and Hickson. Utah still drafts Brandon Knight at 3 and then the Wolves get Kanter. It makes sense there but what would the wolves get from Cleveland that would make it worthwhile. Maybe a future first round pick? I don’t see any players on their roster worth taking that could make an immediate difference.

    • savocabol1 - May 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      Cleveland should trade their second round pick as well. Other than that, it isn’t worth it to trade up to number 2.

    • savocabol1 - May 26, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      *could not should

  3. danj3678 - May 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    I dont think CLE would pass on Kanter though. I think they would take him over Wiliams. So trading down to the 4 is not a good move for MINN if Kanter is the guy they want. If they want him take him at 2 and move on.

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