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Wolves still shopping No. 2 pick, odd rumors abound

Jun 20, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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We know this much — Derrick Williams out of Arizona will be the No. 2 pick in this draft. (Don’t buy the lines that the Cavs might take him No. 1, it’s not happening.)

What we don’t know — who will be drafting Williams.

With the draft just four days away, Minnesota is working hard still to trade the No. 2 pick, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That is leading to all kinds of trade rumors, none of which seem to have merit or even make sense.

Already it’s clear the Wolves will shop that second pick in search of a more experienced player or players and quite possibly a later pick in the first round.

Thursday’s rumor said the team is discussing a trade with Indiana involving Pacers forward Danny Granger. The report by an Ohio writer mentioned the names of Michael Beasley and Ricky Rubio as well as that No. 2 pick. Wolves boss David Kahn in turn texted an inquiring Indianapolis reporter and asked if the team must include Kevin Love, too.

The rumor over the weekend was Kevin Love and the No. 2 pick to the Lakers for Pau Gasol. The Lakers are too smart to make that bad a trade (Love would kill the Lakers defense, Gasol is a good pick-and-roll defender, and the Lakers are not breaking up their core). In follow up rumors, the Wolves basically said they’d do Gasol for the No. 2 pick but not Love also. As Washington is not willing to give up JaVale McGee for the No. 2 pick, the Lakers would only laugh at the Gasol offer.

The latest rumor is the Bucks sending Andrew Bogut and the No. 10 for the No. 2. But again that is a complete Wolves whitewash of a trade, there is no reason for Milwaukee to make that. Unless they think Bogut will never bounce back. That trade would kill the Bucks defense.

In some drafts offering up the No. 2 pick would land you a veteran big, but this is not that draft. Teams like Williams, but don’t love him.

Minnesota is willing to draft Williams, and they may well have to. He could work there (although now Michael Beasley can be yours for a decent offer). But they’ll keep trying to trade the pick right up to when David Stern walks to the podium.

  1. firerosenthalthebastard - Jun 20, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    The rumor over the weekend was Kevin Love and the No. 2 pick to the Lakers for Pau Gasol. The Lakers are too smart to make that bad a trade (Love would kill the Lakers defense, Gasol is a good pick-and-roll defender, and the Lakers are not breaking up their core)…..

    I would definitely do that if I was the Lakers… Love is just as skilled as Gasol.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      When was the last time you saw Love play defense? Oh, you haven’t. Gasol is a good pick-and-roll defending big who stood toe-to-toe with Dwight Howard in the finals two years ago. Love has nice offensive game but not that much better than Gasol, and you kill the Lakers defense. Which is the reason they won two titles.

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

        Kevin Love is no where near Gasol offensively. Defensively, Kurt is right too, except I’m not sure how good Gasol is on pick and roll considering he got burned over and over again by Jack and Paul in the hornets series.

      • goforthanddie - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM

        KLove doesn’t need Kobe breathing down his neck 24/7 reminding him to bust it.

  2. lebronsinsecurity - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    “The rumor over the weekend was Kevin Love and the No. 2 pick to the Lakers for Pau Gasol. The Lakers are too smart to make that bad a trade”

    Too smart? That trade is laughable to begin with, the Lakers would be the clear winners if anything that silly goes down..This trade scenario was put out their by some Laker homer, or a very hopeful Lakers FO. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pau, but that’s a little steep in my opinion, especially when you consider contracts and the age factor.. To make salaries match, the Wolves would have to trade not only Love and the #2, but like 3 other players to match Pau’s hefty contract.. I just don’t see that happening..

    • mogogo1 - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      Question: If you’re Minnesota’s owner and the GM tells you he wants to trade what amounts to two top 5 picks under the age of 22 (Love was the 5th player taken, plus the upcoming #2 pick) for a 31-year-old guy who can’t carry a team on his own, do you laugh at him like it’s a joke or instantly fire him for incompetence?

      • lebronsinsecurity - Jun 20, 2011 at 2:29 PM

        I’s be laughing while I’m firing him..

  3. aboogy123456 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Kurt why do you always say things are set in stone, like Irving is gonna be number one and Derrick Williams will be number two, or the miami heat will beat the bulls.

    Even though you are probably right about that, can you not act like you know more than every body else? I think we are smart enough not to take advice from someone who can barely spell.

    • aboogy123456 - Jun 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM

      also I think the trade is pretty interesting, to bring derrick williams and kevin love to LA to have a younger core. But I wouldn’t do it if I were LA, their focus should be to win now.

    • cosanostra71 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      the Cavs ARE drafting Irving… it’s been confirmed.

  4. brewcityitalian - Jun 20, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Latest rumor is :

    Minnesota will send Pick # 2, and Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for Pick # 10 and Andrew Bogut !

  5. paintan8 - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    The fact that Grunfeld wouldn’t trade McGee for the chance to draft Williams is why he is the worst GM in the League. I’m sure John Wall is thrilled at the prospect of watching McGee trip over his own feel time and time again next year.

  6. gregjennings85 - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Kevin Love is 22.

    22, Kurt.

    Gasol is 30.

    30, Kurt.

    You make it sound like that would in any way be a good deal for the Wolves. Yeah, maybe for a half a season.

  7. jjstrokes - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    As usual Kurt is bass ackwards here. The Lakers would be complete morons not to pull the trigger on this deal but this deal makes very little sense for the T-Wolves future, it’s not like they would be contenders w Gasol next season so why do it???…. The Lakers should be able to sign a capable Center this offseason (there’s an abudance off bigs on the market:MGasol, TChandler, Pryzbilla, Dalembert, Kwame, Chuck Hayes, Turiaf, Hawes, Oden) if they give up Gasol. I feel bad for you Lakers fans that you have to read this guy’s crap.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      Just for the record, on twitter and everywhere else I have ripped the Gasol trades by the Lakers as a bad idea.

  8. bigtrav425 - Jun 20, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Wtf are you guys smoking?!?! if im the Lakers i do that trade yesterday!! Love is alot younger and can be taught D…..and if these rumors are true then the NBA needs to step in and get Kahn some counseling becasue that would be a bonehead trade on his part

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