April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman looks to the court against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves looking at trades, free agents for small forward

The Minnesota Timberwolves came into the season with a hefty amount of depth at their wing spot (shooting guard, small forward). However, a devastating injury to Chase Budinger all but erased that and now the Wolves are looking for somebody to help as a stop gap.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the team is currently searching through the depths of free agency along with the trade market to see if they’ll be able to find a replacement:

This week, after having four preseason games and a week’s break to contemplate, Wolves coach Rick Adelman said he and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders are looking at all options — trade, free-agent signing, in-house promotion — to find someone who can back up Corey Brewer at small forward until Budinger returns from another knee surgery.

One ‘in-house’ player that won’t be taking over the role is young Derrick Williams, who the Wolves continue to be frustrated by. The former number two overall pick has looked relatively solid during the preseason, but when head coach Rick Adelman has tested him at small forward, he hasn’t been impressed with the results.

Tags: Chase Budinger Derrick Williams Minnesota TImberwolves

  • bogee3

    Adelman’s offense in a small sense is the T Wolves downfall in finding a suitable 3. This offense relies on the 3 to play more like a 2 on the wings and still handling the penetration to break up double teams. D Will is a pretty good player but his skill is clearly at penetration and clogging up the middle at times. He lacks the court vision that Chase has and the defensive anticipation that Brewer naturally has. How hard is it to showcase him more during the preseason and trade him when his value is high? He will blow up on someones team as a Power Forward but his days are numbered for sure on this T Wolves team