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Report: Minnesota shopping package of No. 9 pick, Derrick Williams

Jun 3, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

Derrick Williams AP

Minnesota is set to draft No. 9, with some buzz they are interested in UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammed.

But it appears Flip Saunders is the one guys who wants to move up in this draft.

To that end comes this tweet from Pioneer Press columnist Charlie Walters.

Williams was the No. 2 pick overall just two years ago. In an injury ravaged year for the Timberwolves he averaged nearly 25 minutes a game with 12 points and 5.5 rebounds a contest. He was pretty average, shooting just 43 percent overall and 33 percent from three, with a PER of 14.5. With Minnesota looking for offense due to injuries that slowed Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, Williams had an opportunity and didn’t overwhelm. He’s nice. Not thrilling, but nice.

There are teams above the Timberwolves looking to move down, but how high up can he really get with this package? More likely, he’s testing the waters with what he can draw with this deal more than he is committed to it. Would this be enough of an offer to move up to No. 4 or 5 where maybe he could get Victor Oladipo?

Just something to watch. There are plenty of teams willing to trade picks this year, starting with the Cavaliers on top and moving down.

  1. money2long - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    you see, i would tell you guys i think his game would take off playing with a good point guard..but he’s already playing with a point guard with some of the best vision in the game. what’s the deal.

    • money2long - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      sorry…”his” is referring to derrick williams.

  2. erckle31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Still don’t understand why they drafted him other than for value. Never thought he could fit into the lineup with Love essentially at the same position at stretch 4. Why would you draft him if he couldn’t play side by side with Love? They should have traded him a long time ago when his value was a lot higher, but now you’re trading a #2 pick to move up in a mediocre draft.

  3. rgledz - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Take anything reported by Charlie Walters with a HUGE grain of salt. He’s a throw everything at the wall and see what sticks kind of journalist. He mostly trowels out garbage. Flip was just on KFAN this morning locally and stated that they don’t want to trade anybody. Go figure…..

  4. tampajoey - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    “When you’re interested in a package that includes Kevin Love give us a call”

    ~Cleveland Cavaliers

    • pacific123ocean - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      “When you are ready to trade Kyrie Irving, give us a call.”

      ~Minnesota Timberwolves.

      • tampajoey - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Timberwolves don’t have anything worth Kyrie Irving.

  5. rubberinnertube - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Charley Walters is full of S.

  6. unxpexted1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    I know it sounds over the top but as a Laker fan, I would trade pau gasol for derrick and a #9. We need to get younger and more athletic and that accomplishes this. We need an athletic wing player badly and Williams can fit that, and maybe we can get a halfway decent point guard at the number nine (Trey Burke if he drops or Michael Carter-Williams). I know MN has wanted Gasol for awhile as well.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Nope. Not for Pau. This is not the draft, my dude.

      erckle31 in the above comments called it a mediocre draft. He was being very, very kind and generous with his appraisal.

      • unxpexted1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I dont think this draft is as bad as people make it seem. We wouldnt be picking number one so you arent looking for a superstar, just a good young player to plug in and i think there is some good solid players that can do that. Like i said, Michael Carter Williams and Derrick Williams wouldn’t be bad for Pau. This year is a wash, no point of keeping pau around if we dont need too and maybe get SOMETHING out if it, like a pick that could pan out in the future.

      • unxpexted1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        unless we are just gonna be as bad as possible and start over in 2014

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        @ the homie unxpexted1

        This draft IS as bad as people make it seem. It’s a bunch of bench players (solid rotation ones, but bench nonetheless) in the 1st round. That’s not good.

        Unless the Laker scouts (headed by Jim Buss’ former bartender and horse track homie Chaz Osborne…yeah, you read that right) know something we don’t know and there is a real gem just hiding out, we don’t need a young guy with the “potential” to be in a solid rotation off the bench, or even worse, a so-so starter.

        And Michael Carter-Willams…please man. You said you are a Lakers fan, right? Do you REALLY want another mediocre PG running things for a while? I’m soooooooooooooo sick of not having a top 25 PG man! Eff top 5-10 my dude, I said TOP 25!! With all these dang good to outstanding PG’s that have come out in the last 5 years, we can’t have just one! Ugh it’s frustrating, I tell you.

        I’d be perfectly content giving THIS years squad one more run to see if we could pull it off next year and if it works, great. If not, oh well, we tank and get a good draft pick (If we even have any picks left over!). Hit the reset button once the whole dang team comes off the books for 2014.

    • bucrightoff - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      They may want to get Pau, but seeing as the Lakers have no leverage and actually have negative leverage (why would anyone want to bail them out of an upcoming $80 million tax bill that every other team will split?)., be happy if you can trade Pau for a couple decent three point shooters, which the Lakers need by the way/

    • pacific123ocean - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Sorry Laker fan, but this is not about you or Pau Gasol. The T-Wolves are targeting Charlotte’s No. 4 pick, to be in position to draft Victor Oladipo.

      • pl4tinum514 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        I dont even think Deepo will still be on the board at 4.

      • erckle31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        I hope the Blazers draft Olapido though…that’d be awesome.

      • erckle31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        *Oladipo, my bad

      • unxpexted1 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        I can see the wizards drafted him, unless otto porter is still on the board

  7. pacific123ocean - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    As a Wolves fan, I hope this is true and that Flip can make it happen!

  8. nghtrder169 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    The horrible Bobcats should consider a move like this

    • mwcarolina - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      i agree. i think the Charlotte Bobcats (Hornets next year) should deal the 4th pick in the draft for Derrick Williams and the 9th pick and if the T-Wolves want another player, give them one of their guys they dont want. then they can take Williams, use the 9th pick on a guy i think the Bobcats NEED to get in Shabazz Muhammad. now will they do all i said, i doubt it, but i do think they could trade for Williams.

  9. stephenolszewski - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    For everyone asking why Minnesota drafted him….. David Kahn that’s why

  10. davidlee722 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Its really something that this would happen. I always thought that d.will could be used in a 6man role as sf/pf. I know that he has the ability to score. But if u intend to move up just offer d.will to bobcats for 4th pick. Knowing Mj its possible. That way we benefit with picks 4 9 & 19(?). Most ppl in the draft is similar age to d.will so its pretty much drafting d.will with nba experience.

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