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Sources: Phoenix, Washington trying to trade up for Williams

Jun 2, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

Derrick Williams

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the #2 pick in the upcoming draft, and it’s not a state secret that they’re not overly thrilled about the pick. Arizona combo forward Derrick Williams is the consensus #2 pick in the draft, and Minnesota’s two best young players are Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, so there are a ton of rumors about Minnesota potentially looking to trade the pick.

According to Draft Express’ Jonathan Givony, the Suns and the Wizards have been “the most active teams” in trying to trade up for Williams. The teams hold the 13th and 6th picks in the upcoming draft, respectively. Minnesota is reportedly looking for a “veteran big man” in a potential trade of the #2 pick, which neither the Suns or Wizards can really offer, unless the Suns are willing to give up Robin Lopez (who isn’t even that much of a veteran), or David Kahn is a big Marcin Gortat fan.

Lots of teams seem to want Williams more than the Timberwolves do, but it takes a lot more than that to make a trade involving a #2 overall pick. We’ll see how this all shakes out.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    in the end Minn, will keep the pick & start point guards & 3 SF/PF next season!!!

  2. digitalpoo - Jun 2, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Marcin Gortat would be a steal for them. I don’t think I’d want to start Robin Lopez again if I were the Suns though.

  3. readysethike - Jun 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    what if Minn goes after Nene i think he’s a free agent.

  4. lunasceiling - Jun 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Williams’ potential notwithstanding, the Suns would be crazy to give up Marcin Gortat for anyone in this draft. Gortat’s game has come into its own since the trade. Sure, he’s not going to suddenly become an Olajuwon (or even a Dwight Howard, for that matter), but he’s a known quantity that’s getting better all the time. Robin Lopez? Sure…but I doubt even the T-Wolves are that dumb.

  5. goforthanddie - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    This guy doesn’t excite me enough to move up. But that’s me.

  6. whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:59 PM

    even if the Wolves don’t trade that pick, take Williams anyways. On a team that had 17 wins last year, you pick the best player available reguardless of the position.

  7. philosofly - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    No, no, no. The T-wolves have a veteran big in Darko. They want Kanter and that is no secret here in MN. Look for the T-wolves to discuss acquiring Steve Nash (Rubio respects Nash so it’s a natural fit for a mentor) if they are talking to Phoenix. They have no use for Lopez or Gortat.

    • louderthanwords1 - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      There is no way Minnesota has any chance to acquire Nash.

      • philosofly - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        Then there is no way Phoenix has any chance to acquire Williams. Sorry, but the T-wolves hold the cards here and there is nothing else Phoenix has that interests the T-wolves. Nash is old, not washed up, but old. He is going to be moved this offseason, likely draft night. If it’s not the T-wolves than who? T-wolves have what the Suns want, Suns have what the Pups need.

  8. themanchine - Jun 3, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    It’s no lock that Irving goes #1 in my opinion. Williams is a MUCH better fit in Clev. I know Scott like’s PG’s etc, but they have Sessions, Davis, and I guess Gibson too, already. Oh, and no SF. I think they take Williams #1 (The Outcome) and the best-available #4.

    • mickdamill - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:24 AM

      Those guards are nothing to brag about. Sessions has his moments, Davis is old and over payed and Gibson is a 2 in a PG’s body.

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