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Timberwolves may get to keep 26-year-old draft pick

Jul 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT


This will likely be the last time Tanguy Ngombo will ever be mentioned on this blog.

Because the No. 57 pick (third from last) in the NBA Draft will never suit up for the Minnesota Timberwolves. But Ngombo made some headlines the day after because some records showed that the player out of the league in Qatar (yes, apparently they have a league there) was 26 years old, not 21 as the Timberwolves had believed.

If he was 26 he was ineligible for the draft. The league investigated and it was possible the Wolves could be punished, but that may not happen, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports (via Ball Don’t Lie and TBJ).

While we’re on the topic, sources say the Wolves expect a favorable ruling from the NBA office that they will be able to keep No. 57 pick Tanguy Ngombo despite a dispute over his age. Though information has come to light that Ngombo is 26 – and thus ineligible for the draft – sources say the Wolves have government documentation from multiple entities that Ngombo is, in fact, 21. The belief among some executives is that a team should not be punished if government documentation is inaccurate.

If the Wolves have government documents showing the native of the Congo is 21, then they should not be fined. That said, the fact the rest of the world figured this out within 24 hours of the draft but the Timberwolves were surprised calls into question the quality of research that was done here. At the end of the second round the Timberwolves took a crazy shot in the dark rather than drafting a guy who might actually make the league out of college. If one were cynical, one would say the Wolves intentionally drafted a guy they would never have to pay.

This is a 26-year-old nobody else had seen, not on anyone else’s draft boards, and now he is the Timberwolves property. This is the last we will hear of him. Good luck in Qatar, Ngombo.

  1. dcviking - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Perhaps I missed this in a previous thread, but although the Wolves now own his rights — they didn’t draft him, the Mavericks did.

    Although the pick may have been on behalf of the Wolves, the team didn’t make the pick — therefore, it’s not there responsibility nor should they punished.

    I realize the Wolves are an easy target and you flog them regularly, but how about a little objectivity…

  2. goforthanddie - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:07 PM

    Thank God they can keep him, now they’re guaranteed a trip to the Finals!

  3. Justin - Jul 9, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Pointless Timberwolves bashing. How dare they not think government documentation was enough. I bet Kurt was on the Trump bandwagon about Obama’s birth certificate too.

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jul 10, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    this site, and when i mean site, i mean writers, always bash the Wolves/Kahn. My guess, Davis Kahn, who was a reporter, like some of these clowns who write for this site, is an actual NBA GM. I find it funny, Kahn never get praise for anything. Never a mention of how he traded junk to Washington for the 5th overall pick, who turned into Ricky Rubio. Speaking of Rubio, i like how every writer on this site had said time and time again that Rubio will never come to Minnesota because, he refuses to play for the Wolves and wanted to play for a costal team. The funny part of that, is HE NEVER SAID THAT! Someday when this lockout is over (2018), it will be great seeing that nappy haired kid wearing #9 dishing the rock to Love and Derrick Williams.

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