Apr 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard J.J. Barea (11) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter at the Target Center. Timberwolves won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves to Trade J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour by 2013 NBA Draft


The Minnesota Timberwolves organization is apparently unhappy with their backcourt and come June 27th, the night of the 2013 NBA Draft, some changes are going to be made – this according to a report from the Star Tribune.

The T’Wolves have made no secrets about their desire to draft Indiana guard Victor Oladipo and are more than willing to move up to do so. However, drafting Oladipo would already add to a roster full of guards so team president Flip Saunders has a plan to make additional room – trade either Luke Ridnour or J.J. Barea and do so quickly.

…the Wolves have limited assets to swing such a deal, namely third-year forward Derrick Williams, second-year guard Alexey Shved and the ninth and/or 26th picks in the draft.

They also likely will trade one of two veteran guards —Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea —by draft night.

The Wolves’ biggest need is a traditionally sized shooting guard and Saunders has stated more than once that he wants — and expects — to get with that ninth pick a player who can help his team next season.

Tags: 2013 NBA Draft J.J. Barea Luke Ridnour Minnesota TImberwolves Victor Oladipo

  • JOHN

    no way you trade derrick with the numbers he had last year. So please get off the Williams trade. Williams was the top 5 assets of the team last year. Pek, Rubio, Williams, J.J., and L.R.. I myself see johnny flynn written all over Victor. Guy had only 1 good year and that was because of Cody.

    • Booker T

      Lol. You have no basketball knowledge if thats what you see in Victor. Far more explosive and brains for the game. He will be a top 3 player out of this draft.

      • Recovering_Wolfaholic

        I don’t agree with John’s assessment of Oladipo, but I will say I don’t think he’s worth trading Williams and our #9 to acquire. I think he projects to be just like Tony Allen, who is a good player, but not worthy of a top 2 or 3 pick. Great college player, great defensive player, great athlete, below average ball-handler and shooter for the position. Can definitely help a team win but is not worth trading a #9 pick and a guy like Derrick Williams to acquire.

  • Richard Lee

    Keep Derrick he has so much potential still. He can still grow with Ricky Rubio. He also gets the fans on their feet.