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Derrick Williams not likely to be traded, Minnesota owner says

Jun 24, 2013, 10:32 AM EST

Luis Scola, Derrick Williams AP

Is two seasons enough time for the Timberwolves to throw in the towel on the Derrick Williams experimient and trade him for whatever they can get.

No. He seemed to find his stride the second half of the season (not surprisingly after Ricky Rubio retunred and got healthy, so he had someone feeding him the rock). Williams averaged 15 points a game after the All Star break shooting 44.8 percent.

So while the rumors are floating around don’t expect Williams to get traded. Don’t take my word for it, as the team owner. Which is what the Star Tribune did.

“There are teams that have called us and asked us if we are going to trade him, but I think that everybody saw the same thing that you saw, including the coach,” Taylor said. “Once we got him out on the floor and he had a chance to play, he started to play better. We have to remember that he still a very young man and a player that has a lot of potential. So we may trade somebody on our team, but it’s not going to be [him], unless it really would help our team.”

Flip Saunders is running the show in Minnesota and he is not likely to trade away talent too early. It’s the smart move to see how Williams can play off of Rubio and Kevin Love then make your moves.

Also, Taylor became the latest in a long line of people to say expect Rick Adelman to return as coach (Adelman wanted to but took time off last season when his wife was ill).

“I think everything is going good,” Taylor said. “His wife [Mary Kay, who has been facing health issues] continues to make progress and she’s driving and getting back closer to a more normal way of living in every way. We assume that everything is going fine and Rick will be back.”

  1. observingii - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Why wouldn’t the Wolves trade him? Unless he can learn to play the 3, he’s a $5M piece of non-productivity sitting on the bench.

  2. spursareold - Jun 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    It’s stupid to keep him if there’s a market. Adelman flat doesn’t like him, or maybe his game, and he’s a regular DNP/CD if Love is healthy. If RA nails him to the bench for another year, the market for him will all but dry up, even as his contract continues to grow.

  3. bobby2478 - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Timberwolves have a long and storied history of giving up on players and talent too soon, only for that player’s potential to be realized by another team.

    It’s a wise move for them to hang onto the highest draft pick in team history and hope they realize his potential instead of giving him away for next to nothing.

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