Minnesota Timberwolves Looking to Trade Derrick Williams to Move Up in NBA Draft

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have new management in the front office and they’re already looking to make the splash everyone in the NBA has been waiting for them to make. According to the Pioneer Press, the Timberwolves are looking to trade former No. 2 overall pick Derrick Williams along with the 9th pick in this year’s draft to move up to a higher position and draft the prospect they covet.

Moving Williams is not a new idea for the Timberwolves as it’s been something they’ve been thinking about doing as far back as 2012. Williams hasn’t developed into the prolific scorer Minnesota hoped he’d be at this point in his career and they’ve seemingly been okay with cutting the cord for a while now.

Trading up in the draft also isn’t a new idea and the fact that the Timberwolves are now willing to toss in Williams only means they’re more serious than we initially thought they were.

If the Timberwolves trade up in the draft, they’ll likely be targeting shooting guard Victor Oladipo or forward Shabazz Muhammad. Both players have been linked to the Timberwolves draft plans and both are great fits for what the team needs. Currently Minnesota has no shooting guard help to compliment Ricky Rubio and Muhammad is a guy that will either replace Williams or be converted to a shooting guard where his height can be used to Rick Adelman’s advantage.

Either way it’s looking like the Timberwolves are growing more and more serious about trading up in the draft and that splash fans across Minnesota have been waiting for may be a lot closer to happening than they think.

Topics: Derrick Williams, Minnesota TImberwolves, NBA, NBA Draft 2013

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  • JOHN

    Though saunders made a stupid trade when he was with the wizards. I doubt if he is going to trade a #2(williams) and #9 for a #4

  • Guest

    Convert Shabazz Muhammad to a shooting guard? Like how the T-wolves tried to convert Derrick Williams to SF? Although it would be ideal, it certainly hasn’t worked out. Doing so with Shabazz will only be history repeating itself. Aside from Muhammad’s many issues and risks, The wolves wouldn’t need to do a trade to get him. His stock has fallen far enough that he’d still be there at #9. If anything, trading Derrick Williams and number 9 more likely would be to acquire Ben McLemore or Victor Oladipo.

  • Guest

    Convert Shabazz Muhammad to a shooting guard? Like how the T-wolves tried to convert Derrick Williams to SF? Although it would be ideal, it certainly hasn’t worked out. Doing so with Shabazz will only be history repeating itself. Aside from Muhammad’s many issues and risks, The wolves wouldn’t need to do a trade to get him. His stock has fallen far enough that he’d still be there at #9. If anything, trading Derrick Williams and number 9 more likely would be to acquire Ben McLemore or Victor Oladipo.

  • disqus_e2S9i9UtgD

    A tweet from Charley Walters is not enough to convince me that this is real. The Wolves would not just announce this publicly. And why on earth would they trade D-Will AND a #9 to move up in this draft? In a draft where there are no sure things, D-Will is a more valuable asset than any of the picks 3-8 by himself. If anything, they’ll package their two first rounders to move up to the 5 spot and take either McLemore or Oladipo.

  • Austin

    When Derrick Williams is on, he’s on. Nobody can question that. I would have to believe that with more consistent playing time, playing the position he CAN play, he would benefit a helluva lot more. He shows flashes of brilliant talent on a pretty regular basis (albeit inconsistently) and hope he can bring that every time he suits up for any team he plays for. A trade for a high pick in this years draft for the guy would be a steal for that team. My hopes for him are high, just as high as the Wolves being able to get the 2 guard they truly need. But being that we need a 2 much more than we need Derricks talents wasting on the bench, I would like to hope something can get done, and soon.

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