Approximately a week ago, we brought you news that the Minnesota T-Wolves could be interested in moving former #2 overall pick Derrick Williams, and now, there is a report that Minnesota may have a potential suitor for his services.
Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty (and SB Nation) brings us this nugget (via ESPN’s Chad Ford) about the Sacramento Kings being a possible trade partner for Flip Saunders and Minnesota:
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?).
Before we get too deep into this, we should preface with the fact that Ford was sharing this information in a rather informal “chat” setting on the Worldwide Leader, but it does make a lot of sense. Sacramento does have significant talent at a couple of positions, but it is greatly mismatched with log-jams in the backcourt (Ben McLemore, Isaiah Thomas, Greivis Vasquez, Marcus Thornton) and up front (DeMarcus Cousins, Jason Thompson) that have probably hamstrung the team in the short term.
I’m not terribly high on Williams as a future asset, but he has undeniable talent, and the first team that gives him a chance to play power forward (out of the shadow of Kevin Love) on a more regular basis should reap some positive returns. Stay tuned to see if Sacramento and Minnesota can connect, but we are more than certain that Williams’ name will be circulating as the season continues.