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NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Turned Down Lamar Odom For No. 2 Draft Pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been involved in nearly every NBA trade rumor floated over the course of the past week, mostly involving the offering team denying that it was ever a possibility. The roles changed Wednesday, however.

David Kahn reportedly turned down an offer from the Los Angeles Lakers that would have netted Lamar Odom in return for the No. 2 pick, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Odom is not a better fit than Derrick Williams in the Wolves offense, and he might not even offer better abilities than the likely No. 2 pick, but it was nice of the Lakers to counter after previously turning the Wolves down in their attempts to pick up either Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol.

If Kahn does make a trade before Thursday night, hopefully it’s moving down just a couple of spots so that they’re still able to get Enes Kanter (whom they’ve reportedly grown fond of), not completely out of the first round.


NBA Draft Rumors Now Have Enes Kanter Going To Minnesota Timberwolves

The 2011 NBA Draft is just over 24 hours away and, as might have been predicted, David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to make things interesting.

The Wolves are said to be telling other NBA teams that they will take Enes Kanter with the No. 2 pick, according to the latest rumor being floated by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Kanter is probably a better fit for Minnesota, but Arizona's Derrick Williams is widely regarded as the better overall prospect.

If Kanter was picking himself, however, he believes he's even better than projected first overall pick Kyrie Irving.

"I believe if I could have played [at Kentucky], I would go with the No. 1 pick," Kanter said during the annual draft media day on Wednesday. "I believe I am the best player in this draft."

It would probably be ideal if the Wolves were able to trade down a few picks while picking up a young veteran and Kanter, but either way it will be interesting to see what happens on draft night.


NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Won't Give Up Andrew Bynum, But Timberwolves Still Have Options

The NBA trade rumors continue to swirl around the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it seems as soon as one is brought up, it's shot down just a few hours later. The latest casualty has to do with the rumored offer of Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers for the Wolves No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The young center with a decent amount of NBA experience probably would have been a good complement to Kevin Love, but alas, it won't happen as Marc Spears reports that the Lakers have no interest in trading either Bynum or Pau Gasol.

Essentially, this isn't surprising. However, it's just the latest in a laundry list of debunked rumors regarding Timberwolves trade rumors along with the Roy Hibbert deal, the Andrew Bogut deal as well as their interest in the aforementioned Gasol and JaVale McGee.

There are still options left for David Kahn if he'd like to trade out of the top spot, however, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. Among them are Marcin Gortat and the thirteenth pick from the Phoenix Suns, Andris Biedrins and the eleventh pick from the Golden State Warriors and maybe even Greg Oden and the 21st overall pick from the Portland Trail Blazers.

None of those selections are all that tempting, but if Oden's ever able to get healthy, it is intriguing to think about.


NBA Trade Rumors Include Pacers Denying Roy Hibbert Offer To Timberwolves

Early Tuesday, a report surfaced saying that the Indiana Pacers had offered to trade center Roy Hibbert and their 15th overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the right to select Derrick Williams. That report, apparently, was wrong.

"We're not doing that, nah," Larry Bird said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm not interested in that trade. Roy is one of our core group guys, the draft is a good draft -- not a great draft -- and if there was somebody at No. 2 that we were really targeting that I think would make us a lot better? Yeah, you have to do it."

I believe in Roy, I think he's one of our hardest workers and while you never say you won't trade anybody because you never know what's going to happen in the next couple of days, but no, we will not trade Roy today."

This seemingly means that every trade rumor that has been brought to the media's attention involving the Timberwolves has now been denied by the team supposedly doing the offering. Maybe things will change by Thursday, but maybe David Kahn will just have to select Williams and deal with the mess it potentially creates with having all of the team's best players playing the same position.

To watch the entire Bird conference from Tuesday, it's available at


NBA Trade Rumors: Did The Timberwolves Offer Jonny Flynn For Andre Iguodala?

Much speculation has centered around what the Minnesota Timberwolves may or may not do with the second overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. However, there's another rumor that has surfaced regarding the Timberwolves as well.

In Ken Berger's latest posting at CBS Sports, he reports that the Timberwolves have offered point guard Jonny Flynn to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for dynamic swingman Andre Iguodala.

. . .sources said Monday the Timberwolves have offered point guard Jonny Flynn in a package deal for swingman Andre Iguodala. Philadelphia officials, however, have let it be known that they are not interested in a salary-dump deal for Iguodala and want an impact veteran in return.

Sadly, if the Sixers want an "impact veteran" for Iguodala, it doesn't look like a deal with the Timberwolves is in the offing, because. . .well, the Wolves really don't have a heck of a lot of players that fall under the "impact veteran" category, save for Kevin Love, and I'm pretty sure that guy isn't going anywhere.

Keep your browser tuned right here, and feel free to wear out the F5 button on your keyboard as we keep you updated with all the buzz around the Minnesota Timberwolves this off-season. Also, be sure to check out Canis Hoopus for all things regarding Minnesota Timberwolves' basketball.


NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Offer No. 2 Pick For Lakers' Andrew Bynum

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to scour the trade market for impact players who can help the team immediately, perhaps better than the second overall pick, which they own, in Thursday's NBA Draft can. The latest player they've targeted, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, is Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum. Amick describes the Timberwolves as "incredibly active" in trade discussions, and it's clear they intend to shake up their roster before or during the Draft.

Bynum, who won't turn 24 until October, is among the NBA's best young centers, with career averages of 10.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks. He's struggled to stay healthy over the last four seasons, missing 114 games over that span, but he's proven productive when able to play. Last season, he shot 57.4 percent from the floor and averaged 11.3 poins, 9.4 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots in just 27.8 minutes per game. In an expanded role--he's the Lakers' third option at best right now, behind Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol--for a Wolves team in need of low-post offense, he could provide even more offense.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for all Wolves trade rumors and news leading up to the Draft. Also check out Canis Hoopus for everything Timberwolves basketball.


NBA Draft Trade Rumors Include Timberwolves Trading Pick For Roy Hibbert

The 2011 NBA Draft is just a couple of days away, as most Minnesota Timberwolves fans are probably well aware. The fans are also well aware that David Kahn is in the proverbial catbird's seat as new trade rumors seem to be sent to him each day in an effort to lure away the second overall pick in Thursday night's draft.

The last seems to be the Indiana Pacers offering Roy Hibbert and their pick -- 15th overall -- in exchange for the right to select Derrick Williams, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

The overture hasn't gained traction in Minnesota, according to Wojnarowski, but it would seem that the Wolves must be asking for upgrades at the center position. Maybe Darko Milicic isn't as good as we all thought?

Updating an older trade rumor, by the way, the Milwaukee Bucks have shot down the Andrew Bogut for the Wolves top pick. That's disappointing, but not totally unexpected.


2011 NBA Draft Trade Rumors: Knicks Interested in Acquiring Jonny Flynn From The Timberwolves?

Ricky Rubio is coming to the NBA, finally, allowing the Minnesota Timberwolves to start shopping Jonny Flynn and Luke Ridnour as the trade rumors will almost assuredly begin swirling through the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday. The first team up, apparently, is the New York Knicks.

The Knicks have apparently initiated discussions with the Wolves in a swap of Flynn for scoring guard Toney Douglasaccording to the New York Daily News. If not Flynn, the Knicks are also reportedly interested in former Minnesota point guard Ramon Sessions.

It would seem like there has to be more pieces for the deal to make sense for either team, but if it was a straight one-for-one deal, the Wolves would save $2 million in salary next season while adding a player who is able to create his own shot off the dribble.

The one noticeable downside, as the Daily News reports, is that Douglas (like Flynn) might not be completely healthy.

Toney Douglas would likely be the player traded for Flynn. However, Douglas is coming off major shoulder surgery, which in theory would make him tough to deal. But Flynn is a similar medical risk. The 6-foot guard out of Syracuse had hip surgery last July and was limited to 53 games in his second year, not including a stint in the D-League.

Either way, it's pretty likely the Wolves are going to be shopping Flynn even if this deal with the Knicks doesn't go through. Hopefully Rubio adjusts quickly.


NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves 'Intrigued' By JaVale McGee, Monta Ellis & Pau Gasol

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been rumored to be open to trading the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft ever since they landed it at last month's NBA Draft Lottery. The latest rumors indicate the players intriguing enough to give up the highest pick in Wolves history are a bit "intriguing" themselves, however.

Javale McGee of the Washington Wizards and Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors were the players mentioned by Chad Ford during the ESPN personality's weekly chat session when Marcus in Minneapolis asked Ford "Do you think the TWolves will keep the 2nd pick or trade it?"

"I think they trade. But they won't give the pick away," Ford replied. "I think they're another possible destination for Monta Ellis. I think they're also intrigued if they could swap No. 2 for JaVale McGee."

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers has also been mentioned, but considering he's on the wrong side of 30 and is owed over $18 million per year through 2014, that seems like it would be a bad option. Better options in this writer's mind, provided they are made available,  would be Memphis Grizzlies wing Rudy Gay or Indiana Pacers Danny Granger (which has been rumored for awhile). 

It'll be interesting to see what happens over the course of the next two weeks.


2011 NBA Mock Draft: Timberwolves Take Derrick Williams Who Reminds SB Nation Of Danny Granger

The 2011 NBA mock drafts haven't been a hot topic at SB Nation Minnesota lately simply because things have been pretty stagnant at the top. That all changes today remains the case this week, as well, as SB Nation's Tom Ziller released his latest NBA mock draft with the Minnesota Timberwolves again selecting Derrick Williams.

Ziller, a wordsmith like no other, decided that this week he would compare the draft prospects with players who've already played in the NBA to keep it interesting.

2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams, F, Arizona

DraftExpress (DX), bless them, have Williams' best case comparison as "Michael Beasley with perfect intangibles." So, basically "not Michael Beasley." I prefer to use the Danny Granger comparison, which means in about four years everyone will fall in love with Williams and in seven everyone will fall back out of love.

Honestly, I don't know if Beasley's intangibles are as bad as Ziller says they are, but it's doubtful anyone would complain about drafting the next Danny Granger.

With the Wolves other pick in the first round, at No. 20 overall, Ziller has the Wolves selecting Latvian small forward Davis Bertans. I don't know anything about him, but Ziller says he's the next Rick Fox so at least the Wolves might be drafting a bad actor!


Timberwolves Involved In Trade Talks With Cavs And Pistons For Draft Picks

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been saying quite a bit that they would rather have a veteran leader rather than young prospects, but the latest NBA trade rumors -- provided by ESPN's Chris Broussard -- have Wolves' president of basketball operation David Kahn talking to both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons discussing swapping picks in next month's NBA Draft.

The Wolves are apparently involved in a three-team trade discussion that would send their No. 2 overall pick to the Cavs while receiving Cleveland's No. 4 pick and the Pistons' No. 8 picks in return. The other part of the trade, which would conclude with the Cavs getting both the first and second picks in the Draft, would be the Cavs taking on Rip Hamilton and his $14.8 million salary in return for Detroit's first round pick (No. 8 overall).

According to Broussard, the Cavs would then select Duke's Kyrie Irivng with the first pick and Arizona's Derrick Williams with the second pick.

The trade doesn't make a lot of sense for the Wolves -- unless Kentucky's Enes Kanter is still there at four, perhaps -- but it is rather interesting to confirm that Kahn's in discussion to move the Wolves' top pick since owner Glen Taylor has already said he expects the team to keep that pick.


2011 NBA Mock Draft: Timberwolves Selecting Derrick Williams Is Still The Consensus

Most NBA mock drafts have been updated this week and, to nobody's surprise, the Minnesota Timberwolves are still projected to pick Arizona Wildcats forward Derrick Williams.

Chad Ford's newest mock draft, version 3.0, has Williams slotted in as the No. 2 pick, though ESPN's NBA Draft expert doesn't seem convinced that Glen Taylor was telling the truth earlier this week. With the 20th pick, Ford expects Minnesota to grab Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas. Motiejunas, a 7-footer, was considered to be a lottery pick if he would have entered last year's NBA Draft and would be a steal if the Wolves ended up with him in the bottom-half of the first round.

Williams is still projected to end up with the Timberwolves at the No. 2 pick according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, but Givony has now decided to move Chris Singleton into the Timberwolves slot with the 20th pick. Singleton, a 6-foot-9 small forward out of Florida State, is a force on defense and could see some time at the power forward slot as well.

Last -- but certainly not least -- SB Nation's Tom Ziller again has Tom Ziller as the Wolves No. 2 pick in his 2011 NBA mock draft, but brings Brazil's Lucas Nogueira to the table with David Kahn's 20th overall selection. Nogueira's a long, lanky 7-footer who, if nothing else, seems to be able to block some shots from the center spot.

In a way, it's nice that the top pick isn't changing, but the Wolves could definitely use some excitement so I wouldn't be averse to a couple of mock draft makers switching it up next week.


2011 NBA Mock Draft: ESPN's Doug Gottlieb Says Enes Kanter To The Timberwolves

Most 2011 NBA mock drafts have sent Arizona forward Derrick Williams to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but ESPN's Doug Gottlieb changed things up by projecting Kentucky center Enes Kanter during a television segment on Wednesday.

Gottlieb's top five mock draft had Kyrie Irving going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kanter to the Wolves, Williams to the Utah Jazz, Jan Vesely to the Cavs for their second pick and Tristan Thompson to the Toronto Raptors with the fifth pick.

"I see David Kahn probably having this pick in play, but based on my big board and most scouts I've talked to's big board, I think Kanter goes two," Gottlieb said while breaking down the top five picks. "Minnesota already has some combos, some 3/4s, and that's what Derrick Williams is."

It makes sense that Kanter, a 6-foot-10 center that sat out this past season due to eligibility issues with the Kentucky Wildcats, is projected to the Wolves considering Darko Milicic isn't the answer. However, it isn't easy to take a player that sat out all of last season with the second overall pick, especially when tihs year's NBA Draft has long been considered to contain two good players and a cloud of dust.


Derrick Williams Projected By's 2011 NBA Mock Draft To The Minnesota Timberwolves

Derrick Williams is now the unanimous selection by 2011 NBA mock draft makers to the Minnesota Timberwolves following David Aldridge putting the Arizona Wildcats forward in the No. 2 slot over at

It's pretty difficult to say anything that hasn't already been said when analyzing the rest of the Timberwolves mock drafts that have been released since the conclusion of the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday, but Aldridge did a fine job of summing up the reasons the Wolves should take the Wildcats' sophomore.

"Team president David Kahn can't take another chance on a maybe, a Euro or someone else's castoffs," Aldridge wrote. "Williams is the closest thing to a sure thing."

As far the Wolves other first-round pick, 20th overall, Aldridge isn't convinced that the Wolves will hang on to it. If they do, however, he thinks the Wolves will go with UCLA Bruins small forward Tyler Honeycutt.

The league's worst defensive team takes the Pac-10's leading shotblocker and a potential perimeter stopper, like Corey Brewer was supposed to be. I'll be shocked if the Wolves still have this pick to use on Draft night, though.

There seems to be quite a bit of speculation related to the Wolves second pick, but it's likely they'll still be in possession of it right up until June 23 while trying to get the best available offer.


2011 NBA Mock Draft: Derrick Williams & Jordan Hamilton To Timberwolves According To SB Nation

There have already been quite a few Minnesota Timberwolves 2011 NBA mock drafts posted in this Storystream, but one that most haven't happened upon yet is probably Tom Ziller's creation over at the SB Nation mothership.

In Ziller's post-Lottery mock draft, the basketball savant projects David Kahn and the Wolves to select Arizona Wildcats forward Derrick Williams with the second overall pick (as has been the case by everyone else). He then throws a bit of a curveball, however, with Minnesota selecting Texas Longhorns wingman Jordan Hamilton with their second pick (20th overall) in the first round of the NBA Draft.

The Williams' selection isn't too tricky to reason, though Ziller does allude to the fact that the Wolves might be better off with the second pick (as written about here Tuesday night) rather than winning the Lottery.

The Wolves would have been in a nearly impossible position with the No. 1 pick, given the team's continued lust for Ricky Rubio. There's a small issue here, too: Michael Beasley is the incumbent small forward, and All-Star power forward Kevin Love isn't going anywhere. Williams could serve as the third forward, or Minnesota could offload Beasley. Or David Kahn could take a point guard, like Kemba Walker.

As far as the selection of Hamilton is concerned, the 6-foot-7 shooter makes quite a bit of sense for Minnesota's offense even if his shot selection currently does not.

This selection is made with a big ol' wink to my friend David Kahn. You think the draft lottery being fixed is a problem? Wait until Hamilton is shooting from midcourt five times a game.

This wouldn't be a disappointing way for everything to go down when the NBA draft date of June 23 rolls around as the Wolves desperately need shooting and can't pass up drafting a talent like Williams with the No. 2 pick.


2011 NBA Mock Draft: Yahoo! Says Timberwolves Take Derrick Williams, Jimmer Fredette

The final 2011 NBA mock draft coming out before any of the writers went to sleep following Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery came from Yahoo! Sports  by way of Jonathan Givony from Draft Express. 

The initial picks are the same as highlighted earlier, but now Givony gives reasons as to why he projects the Minnesota Timberwolves will take Arizona Wildcats forward Derrick Williams with the No. 2 overall pick and BYU Cougars sharpshooter -- and apparent Ricky Rubio insurance -- Jimmer Fredette with 20th overall pick.

As far as Williams is concerned, Givony is basically taking on the same thought-process as Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn has in the past by taking the best available player regardless of position. Givony eschews Kahn's reasoning, however, by actually taking the best player available.

Williams plays the same position as Minnesota's two best players -- Kevin Love and Michael Beasley. But the worst team in the NBA record-wise at 17-65 must continue to gather all the talent it can, regardless of position. The T'wolves' front office indicates that it'll be very active in trade discussions, which surely will include this pick. It will be a busy summer in Minnesota for embattled GM David Kahn.

When the Yahoo! mock gets down to Fredette, who would surely be a hit in Minnesota, Givony is assuming that pick actually gets traded for a veteran player. If it doesn't though, that wouldn't be such a bad thing.

This would be a disappointing fall for the darling of college basketball, and will ultimately depend heavily on his performance in private workouts, particularly in his ability to defend one-on-one. Minnesota was the second-youngest team in the NBA, so another rookie is probably the last thing the T'wolves need. Look for this pick to be shopped. If it's not moved, Fredette is one of the most experienced players in the draft and would give the team a solid backup plan if Ricky Rubio stays in Europe.

So, if this is how everything goes down, the Wolves will at least fill their need for a point guard (if they keep him) while creating quite a logjam at the forward positions by taking the best available player. Is that what everyone else would do if they were Kahn?


Chad Ford's Mock Draft Has Timberwolves Taking Derrick Williams And Marshon Brooks

ESPN's Chad Ford has posted his updated 2011 NBA mock draft, aptly named 'Chad Ford's Mock Draft, Version 2.0' after readjusting the NBA draft order following Tuesday night's NBA Draft lottery.

Like Draft Express's Jonathan Givony, who's mock draft SB Nation Minnesota posted on earlier, Ford has the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Derrick Williams with the second overall pick in his mock (ESPN Insider subscription required). With the Wolves second pick, the 20th overall pick in the first round, Ford believes the Wolves will go with Marshon Brooks of the Providence Friars.

The reasoning that Ford believes that the Wolves will go with Williams, a 6-foot-8 forward who starred as a sophomore on the Arizona Wildcats this season, is because -- as we posted earlier -- David Kahn won't be forced to put up with the ridicule that might have come with 'winning' the top overall pick.

Minnesota GM David Kahn can breathe a sigh of relief -- we think. With Irving likely off the board, Kahn won't have to put up all those point guard jokes. Unless, that is, he reaches for Brandon Knight or Kemba Walker here.

I think this pick will be a three-way race between Williams, Enes Kanter and Bismack Biyombo. Of the three, Williams has the strongest pedigree and ultimately should be an upgrade over Michael Beasley. But don't be surprised if Kahn trades the pick.

Trading the pick would be interesting, especially if the Wolves are able to find some veteran help, but odds are keeping the pick is going to make the biggest splash for a fanbase that needs all the excitement available.

As far as Ford's reasoning for taking Brooks, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard scheduled to attend the Minneapolis NBA Draft workout on May 23-24, it comes down to ESPN's draft expert believing the Wolves need a shooting guard more than they need to replace the Jonny Flynn and Luke Ridnour duo at the point guard position.

While the Wolves are stacked with young talent at multiple positions, 2-guard has been an ongoing need for the past two years. The Wesley Johnson at the 2 experiment didn't really go well this past season -- he's been a forward his whole life and will likely stay that way.

Enter Brooks, the second-best scorer in college basketball. Brooks' dynamic ability to create his own shot off the dribble, combined with solid shooting numbers, should be a big help to Minnesota.

Things will definitely change by next month's actual NBA Draft, but the mock drafts will continue to provide good fodder until that point.


2011 NBA Mock Draft: Minnesota Timberwolves Now Projected To Take Derrick Williams Following Lottery

2011 NBA mock drafts now project the Minnesota Timberwolves to select Arizona Wildcats forward Derrick Williams following their drop to the second pick after the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night.

Williams, a 6-foot-8 player who could play both forward positions in the NBA, averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds in 38 games during his sophomore season in Tuscon, Ariz., is projected to be taking his talents to Minnesota according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.

With the Wolves second pick in the first round (20th overall), Jimmer Fredette from the BYU Cougars is the option according to Givony. Earlier it seemed that pick wouldn't seem to be the smart choice, but now taking the best point guard available -- especially if he can shoot -- is probably the best option for Kahn and Co. with their second pick.

It's still very early in the process as the NBA Draft date isn't until June 23, but the projections will start coming fast and furious over the course of the next month.

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