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.
Looks like TWolves will try to deal Derrick Williams and No. 9 pick to move up in NBA draft.
— Charley Walters (@Charley_Walters) June 3, 2013
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.