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Rumor: Kings interested in possible Derrick Williams trade

Nov 19, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

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This is not something likely go down in the near future if it goes down at all, so just put this in your “things that could happen after Christmas or close to the deadline” file.

We’ve told you before that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to trade Derrick Williams. Flip Saunders and the rest of the front office wants to win now — part of the “keep Kevin Love happy and in Minnesota” campaign — and they know a veteran will help them more in that regard than the inefficient Williams.

So who makes a viable trading partner that would role the dice on an athletic tweener forward who struggles to create his own shot or defend well? Maybe the Sacramento Kings, as thrown out there by Chad Ford in a chat at ESPN (credit to Tom Ziller at Sactown Royalty for finding this):

From everything I can gather, he’s available. It’s just about finding the right deal. Head coach Rick Adelman would prefer another veteran big to fill out the rotation. I think GM Flip Saunders wants a little more value. I know the Kings have a lot interest in Williams and might have the right combination of veterans to make a deal (Jason Thompson? Chuck Hayes?).

It’s going to take more than Chuck Hayes. Thompson is interesting but that’s a steep price for Sacramento to pay, there would have to be other pieces in there to make that work.

Still, just something to watch. There are teams still sold on the potential of Williams and think in a better system he could be a good rotation player. One will eventually bite and make an offer the Timberwolves like, and the Kings may well be that team.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    He is an AAU player, has a horribly low basketaball IQ. Id be suprised if anyone wants him, with about 7 million due to him next year.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Credit the genius David Kahn with giving Love a 4 year contract with a player option after year 3.

      If Kahn just gave him a 5 year deal, Love would be locked in until 2017 instead of having the option to leave in 2015.

      • JHathwell - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Well, they had to so save their 5 year contract for their overrated, flashy PG who shoots 32% from the field!

  2. legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    D. Williams and J. Barea for J. Fredette and J. Salmons.

    • legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Yeah this a terrible trade for T-Wolves. I apologize to all T-Wolves for looking at my terrible trade proposal.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      no way..JJ Barea is our scorer off the bench

    • lowpostfootwork - Nov 20, 2013 at 1:15 AM

      Anything is better than what they have. Patterson is allergic to rebounding and defense, Hayes is a fat slob, and Thompson won’t develop. Salmons plays like a zombie, which leaves Outlaw who plays hard, but is too skinny for PF…….. The Kings need Williams, or any forward from the Wolves.

  3. convincedofthehex - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Free Jimmer from the Kings. The poor guy can’t even get into a game.

  4. illogic87 - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Yuck. As a Wolves fan I am appaled by this. There is not one player on the diseased Kings that I would want on this team.

  5. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Kevin Love’s leaving, just accept it, Flip!

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Looks like all the Minneapolisites are disliking Kevin Love leaving :)

      • kopy - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Minneapolitans. Like the ice cream, but with “Min” in front of it.

      • therealhtj - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Wait until he actually bolts – It’ll sound a lot like the way Lakers fans talk about Dwight.

  6. worldwargbp - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    K-Love isn’t going anywhere. I’d be surprised if he left and he can make more money in Minny. He seems to like flip and the core of guys around him.

    Chuck Hayes and Thompson? At least Thompson has some upside but William’s value is higher than that. What if Love get’s hurt again? Wolves are screwed if that happens but at least Williams gives them a viable option. I’m hoping Flip is a lot better than making a Kahn esk’ move

  7. themagicfanguy - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    @worldwar Of course you don’t think he’ll leave, but he’s going to leave. Accept it.

    • worldwargbp - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      That is what everybody outside of Minnesota is hoping for. But having a front office full of competent people now should help him stay. Minnesota can give him more money than anyone, and at the end of the day, that’s what counts. Minneapolis isn’t as small of a market (endorsement wise) as everyone thinks.

  8. timb12 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Chuck Hayes was pretty solid under Adelman in Houston.

  9. timb12 - Nov 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Chuck Hayes was pretty solid under Adelman in Houston.

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      I agree but its not like a 30 year old undersized PF/C like Hayes is going to do much to sway Kevin Love’s decision.

      • timb12 - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        That’s true. Good point.

      • svupper - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

        But how much can they expect to get in return for Williams, if they can get Hayes and Jimmer in a Williams deal, that would seems like the most they’re going to get and that would make sense for both teams.. IMO that is the most realistic trade, since Jimmer and Williams are in the same situation, being stuck on the wrong team.

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