The Minnesota Timberwolves are the team to watch this offseason.
Unfortunately, the reasoning behind that is probably not what the Timberwolves want to hear. Many believe they will eventually trade power forward Kevin Love, perhaps even on draft night later this month because they know they will not be able to keep him beyond this season.
As the chatter around Love continues to ramp up, the Timberwolves have shifted their focus to the draft now that they have named Flip Saunders their head coach.
According to Darren Wolfson of 5 Eyewitness News and ESPN AM 1500 in Minnesota, the Timberwolves are working out former Clemson Tigers’ forward K.J. McDaniels on Friday, former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Rodney Hood on Saturday and former North Carolina Tar Heels and Texas Legends’ forward P.J. Hairston.
Known #Twolves draft workouts this week (probably more): K.J. McDaniels (Clemson) Fri., Rodney Hood (Duke) Sat., PJ Hairston (UNC) Sunday.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) June 10, 2014
McDaniels is 6’6 and 196 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’11.25. He went for 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 45.9% from the field, 30.4% from beyond the arc and 84.2% from the free throw line last season. He is ranked as the 20th-best prospect by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and is projected to be selected by the Miami Heat with the 26th-overall pick in the first round.
Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season. He shot 46.4% from the field, 42.0% from three and 80.7% from the charity stripe for the Blue Devils last season. He measured in at 6’8.5 and 208 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’8.5 He is ranked as the 22nd-best prospect and is projected to be selected with the 13th-overall pick by the Timberwolves.
Hairston measured in at 6’5.25 and 229 pounds with a wing span of 6’9. He averaged 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.3 minutes per game in 26 appearances for the Texas Legends of the D-League this season. Hairston shot 45.3% from the field, 35.8% from three and 87.0% from the free throw line. He is ranked as the 24th-best prospect and is projected to be selected by the Houston Rockets with the 25th-overall pick.