NBA Draft 2012: Timberwolves Select Robbie Hummel In Second Round

The Minnesota Timberwolves had plenty of options with the No. 18 pick in this year's NBA Draft, but ultimately decided to send it to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chase Budinger.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves Looking For First Round Pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves moved out of the first round when they traded their No. 18 pick to Houston for Chase Budinger on Tuesday, but it's not as if they don't want to add more young talent.

Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said at Wednesday's introductory press conference for Budinger that he's not done making moves and would like to explore getting back into the first round, via Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

"Acquiring Chase was a necessary step to help us get better, but you can assume other changes will be made," Kahn said Wednesday. "I'm confident we'll be able to do some other things as well."

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"That's one of the many things I've been doing today, trying to see if we can get back in," Kahn said. "I have no idea of what might occur tomorrow night."

The 2012 NBA Draft is Thursday night and, perhaps, the Timberwolves roster will look significantly different when it is over. Either way, it sounds like they'll be involved in some interesting rumors.

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NBA Draft 2012: Start Time, TV Coverage And More

The Minnesota Timberwolves head into Thursday's draft with only the No. 58 pick in the draft after trading the No. 18 pick to the Houston Rockets for Chase Budinger. Does this mean you don't need be paying attention if you're a Wolves fan?

No.

Minnesota president of basketball operations David Kahn said on Wednesday that he would try to get back into the first round if possible. In the past, Kahn hasn't exactly been opposed to making deals on draft day. It'll be interesting to see what the Wolves roster looks like at the end of the night.

The draft starts on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN. Complete draft coverage will get going at 4:30 p.m. CT on NBA TV.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Chad Ford Sends Arnett Moultrie To Minnesota

NBA mock drafts should, in theory, be getting closer to the truth this week with the 2012 version just a few days away. It's unclear if that's good or bad news for fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves, however, considering ESPN's Chad Ford released his newest mock draft on Thursday with Arnett Moultrie heading to the Wolves.

Moultrie is a 6-foot-11 big who ended up at Mississippi State after starting his college career at UTEP. He doesn't exactly fill a need, but Ford's reasoning for the Wolves picking him makes sense.

The Wolves are really hoping a sweet-shooting 2-guard will fall to them here. Alas for Minnesota, it looks as if they'll all be taken in the lottery. That leaves the Wolves with three options: (1) They can go with an athletic big man, such as Moultrie, Fab Melo or a real dark horse such as Miles Plumlee; (2) they can reach for the next best 2-guard, Will Barton; (3) they could try to use forward Derrick Williams as trade bait to move up in the draft.

It'll be interesting to see if the Wolves even keep this pick and, if they do, if they decide to reach for a shooting guard or take the best player available.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Terrence Ross Becoming Consensus For Timberwolves

The 2012 NBA mock draft season is in full effect which, despite a very good NBA Finals series, is great news for those following the lesser teams that weren't exactly relevant to the playoff picture this season. One of those teams, of course, was SB Nation Minnesota's own Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves have a couple of very good pieces on the roster already, but the wing is in dire need of an upgrade. Thankfully that upgrade seems on the way, too, because Jonathan Givony's latest iteration has the Wolves picking up Washington Huskies wing Terrence Ross.

After eight straight years of missing the playoffs, and with general manager David Kahn entering the final year of his contract, Minnesota will need to make some moves this summer to improve its roster and finally break its postseason drought. The Timberwolves are especially weak at the wing positions, where they could desperately use some additional scoring punch to take the heat off Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio.

Terrence Ross has excellent size for the wing at 6-7 and a picture perfect stroke to go along with it. His athleticism would make him a favorite for alleyoop lobs from the likes of both Love and Rubio, making this a no-brainer selection if he happens to fall this far.

Ross's name is coming quite a bit as of late -- ESPN's Chad Ford said the same earlier this week -- and it seems like a consensus is forming if he ends up falling to the Wolves. Basketball is back in Minnesota, you guys!

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NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Predicts Terrence Ross To Timberwolves

The beauty of the 2012 NBA mock drafts for Minnesota Timberwolves fans is that there are very few chances that the team can make a huge mistake. Not only are they choosing at the point of the Draft where the studs are going to be gone, lessening the chance of a screw-up, the team is just lucky to have a first round pick this year after initially trading their own away.

The explanation above is essentially all for naught when it comes to analyzing the most recent mock from ESPN's Chad Ford, however, as he predicts David Kahn will fall into an almost-ideal scenario with Washington Huskies wing Terrence Ross.

The Timberwolves' biggest need is to put a shooter in the backcourt with Ricky Rubio. Ross is not only a sharpshooter from 3-point land, but he is also a great athlete and has great size for his position. He's a steal at 18.

The odds of this happening probably aren't as great as many would hope after reading the reasons Ross is a good fit, but it's fine to hope this time of year.

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: John Henson Could Fall To Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have needs all over the court aside from point guard and the frontcourt spot opposite Kevin Love so pretty much anything that a 2012 NBA mock draft predicts could be right on the money. Sports Illustrated's latest mock came out on Wednesday afternoon, however, and it likely raised some eyebrows from those looking on in Minnesota when they saw John Henson's name in the No. 18 slot.

SI's Sam Amick observed the NBA Draft Combine last week and is an NBA insider if there ever was one so he obviously knows what he's talking about. That said, it would seem there are probably more pressing needs than the standout power forward that played his college basketball with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Even if Henson fell this far, the fact remains that his defensive impact and ability to contribute in other areas as well make him Anthony Davis-lite in this draft crop. He averaged 2.9 blocks last season and 3.2 in 2010-11, along with improving his scoring (from 11.7 points as a sophomore to 13.7 as a junior) and maintaining his solid rebounding (10.1 as a sophomore, 9.9 as a junior).

The Wolves, who are also looking at Iowa State forward Royce White here, would welcome a rim defender like Henson who could spark stops and get out and run with point guard Ricky Rubio.

The Wolves could definitely use someone that can defend and then get out and run with Rubio, but they'd likely rather upgrade the shooting guard position. That said, if things end up going the way they do in SI's mock draft, it'd be all but impossible to pass on Henson if the Wolves were unable to trade the pick.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: CBS Sends Moe Harkless To Wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a solid core of players so their 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft can be used to pick up a solid role player to help them back on the road to contention. Fortunately, there'll be plenty of solid players in the middle of the first round this season.

The question is, will the Timberwolves take an already polished guy or someone who is more raw but has higher upside? CBSSports.com thinks they'll be taking a very high upside kid, in their new post-combine 2012 NBA Mock Draft they give the Timberwolves St. John's Red Storm forward Moe Harkless:

Moe Harkless, SF, St. John's: Harkless has loads of potential. He's long, will become a better shooter -- and is a high-character kid.

Harkless was a solid nightly performer for the Red Storm in 2011-12, snagging 15.5 points in over 30 minutes per game as a freshman.

With so many options on the table, there should be a whole mess of names being projected to go to the Wolves when it's all said and done. There's no decision of 'Anthony Davis to the Hornets' ease at 18th overall.

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NBA Draft Rumors: Trade Could Happen With Minnesota Timberwolves' First Round Pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a pretty young team and, thanks to a glaring need on the wing and the No. 18 overall pick in the upcoming draft, they look like they might be on the way to getting younger. Unless, of course, the team trades the pick.

Trading out of the first round seems like it's a potential option, too, as general manager David Kahn dropped a hint that the NBA rumor mill quickly picked up on during Thursday's pre-draft workout.

Executives from nearly every NBA team are in the Twin Cities this week to evaluate prospects in pre-draft workouts, and some have taken advantage of the proximity to open potential trade discussions with Kahn.

"It's always easier when you see people in person," Kahn said Thursday, May 31, of the casual talks between workout sessions. "Some people pulled me aside and dropped a hint or were more forceful than that. We have to stay open to everything. We need to get better."

The Wolves finished 26-40 during the abbreviated 2011-12 season, and Kahn acknowledged that the team could be an active trader leading up to the draft or on draft night. He made it clear, however, that there will be no trade talks involving Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio, who's recovering from major knee surgery.

Whether or not the Wolves end up keeping their pick to draft a potential laden rookie, use it to pick up a player Kahn scouted in Europe or send it to a team for a veteran option, Minnesota just needs to be a better team by the end of the month.

Do the faithful Timberwolves fans have faith in Kahn?

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Duke's Austin Rivers Could Be A Timberwolf

2012 NBA mock drafts continue to pour in and, while it's too early to have a consensus, it seems the experts have narrowed the Minnesota Timberwolves search to just a few players. One of those players is Duke Blue Devils guard Austin Rivers.

Rivers was the projected Wolves pick when ESPN's Chad Ford released his updated mock draft earlier this week and again showed up on Thursday when Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick did his version. Amick's very tapped into the NBA and, after discussions with NBA personnel, he's apparently decided Doc Rivers' son is the best for Minnesota.

His swagger is seen as a positive by some and a turnoff by others, but it's undeniable that Rivers is the sort of scorer whose skills should translate at the next level. The Wolves, who saw Wes Johnson continue to struggle at shooting guard/small forward this season, would make their compelling roster even more interesting with this addition.

"Interesting" probably isn't the perfect word fans are looking for when it comes to the Wolves roster, but finding a Wes Johnson replacement is certainly key this offseason. If Rivers is able to handle those duties from opening day, well, that'd be even better.

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NBA Draft Workouts: Robbie Hummel Among Prospects To Work Out In Minnesota On Friday

The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the first day of their now-annual NBA Draft workout on Thursday and, while there's not much to be reported about three-on-three workouts of second round prospects, it seems as though everything went about as planned.

It sounds like former Gopher killer John Shurna was a bit overwhelmed by those in attendance -- including Larry Bird, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and Rod Thorn of the Brooklyn Nets, among others -- but that's to be expected at this point in the process.

Those same executives, along with representatives from almost every other team, are expected to be in attendance once again on Friday when the following players converge on the Twin Cities.

Friday - Session 1:

Kim English, G, Missouri - Averaged 14.5 points and 1.6 assists during his senior season and became one of Mizzou's top scoring options during a 30-5 campaign.

Justin Hamilton, C, Louisiana State - Averaged 12.9 and 7.2 rebounds per game after sitting out a year due to transfer; shot 49.4 percent from the field and had five games with 20-plus points.

Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue - A staple of Purdue's squad since 2007-08, Hummel was All-Big Ten First Team in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and AP All-America Honorable Mention in 2010 and 2012; finished ninth in program history with 1,772 points

Orlando Johnson, G, UC Santa Barbara - UCSB's all-time leading scorer with 1,825 points, Johnson was a three-time All-Big West First Team selection and the 2008-09 Big West Player of the Year

Julian Mavunga, F, Miami (OH) - Earned All-MAC honors as a junior and a senior; shot 44.1 percent from the field and scored 16.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a senior.

Tony Mitchell, F, Alabama - Scored 13.1 points and added 7.2 rebounds per game during his junior year with the Crimson Tide

Friday - Session 2:

Marcus Denmon, G, Missouri - Led the Tigers with 17.7 points per game and shot 40.7 percent from 3-point range during his senior season; 2011-12 consensus All-America Second Team selection

JaMychal Green, F, Alabama - Scored 14.0 points per game and shot 54.6 percent from the field during his senior season at Alabama

Darius Johnson-Odom, G, Marquette - 2011-12 All-Big East First Team selection and AP All-America Honorable Mention; averaged 18.3 points per game as a senior

Kyle O'Quinn, F, Norfolk State - First player in MEAC history to win conference player of the year and defensive player of the year; scored 26 points and added 14 rebounds as 15th-seeded NSU upset second-seeded Missouri in the 2012 NCAA tournament

Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga - Finished career with 1,270 points and finished sixth in program history with 679 rebounds; averaged 11.6 points and 6.3 rebounds as a senior

Mike Scott, F, Virginia - Named All-ACC First Team as a senior; averaged 17.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in his final season with the Cavaliers.

Robbie Hummel is probably the most recognizable name, but a lot of the players for Friday were able to put together very solid college careers and could make for intriguing second round picks.

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NBA Mock Draft: Quincy Acy Could Move Up To Minnesota Timberwolves

There are going to be all sorts of NBA mock drafts being released now that the 2012 NBA Draft order has been released following Wednesday night's lottery. There are very few that are as consistently solid as the one that the experts over at Draft Express put out each season, however, so it was big news when they updated their order.

Jonathan Givony and the crew had Syracuse guard Dion Waiters going to the Wolves in their pre-lottery edition, but they've changed their tune now that the order is officially set. Instead of a combo guard, Minnesota's now projected to big up a combo forward with Quincy Miller of the Baylor Bears.

Miller is an intriguing player and, while he has his flaws, the latest profile of the 6-foot-9 wing shows that he should have be able to translate to the NBA without too many issues.

Regardless of how he progresses with his athleticism, Miller clearly has some attributes that will make him very attractive to NBA decision-makers with his high skill level and scoring ability to go along with his excellent size and length at the small forward position.

His under-developed frame may limit how quickly he'd be able to immediately contribute at the NBA level, but, barring any long-term injury concerns, he has a terrific upside to grow into as he continues to put on strength, improve on the defensive end, and adds polish offensively.

Doesn't sound bad, does he?

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NBA Draft Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves Looking At Overseas Options?

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have quite a few things to look at before the 2012 NBA Draft happens next month. They'll go to the pre-draft combine in Chicago, they're hosting a big group workout this week and are sure to bring in plenty of other players for auditions before the big night.

According to the latest rumors reaching Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, though, the Wolves might also be considering taking a European player with their first round pick.

Timberwolves President David Kahn, who oversees the draft and has the No. 18 overall pick next month, spent 11 days in Europe recently on a scouting mission. Don't be surprised if the Wolves' first-round pick on June 28 comes from overseas.

The updated NBA mock drafts seem to indicate that the Wolves have plenty of solid options on this side of the pond, but maybe Kahn was able to find something special abroad?

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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Timberwolves Projected To Pick Jeffrey Taylor

NBA mock draft season is officially underway for the 2012 season following Wednesday night's lottery. The Minnesota Timberwolves didn't have a horse in that race -- their pick ended up with the New Orleans Hornets -- but now have a bit clearer picture of what might be available to them now that the order is set.

It's pretty clear that the biggest issues for the Wolves are on the wing and, while ESPN's Chad Ford predicts the Wolves to go with Austin Rivers, CBS Sports expert Jeff Goodman sees them going in a different direction with Vanderbilt Commodores swingman Jeffery Taylor.

The T'Wolves could use an athletic wing who can lock people down on the defensive end. Taylor is an improved shooter, but he can be a hellacious defender.

Taylor's a good player and everything, but it would seem the Wolves need someone that can create on the offensive end ... though a dominant player on defense is never a bad thing.

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NBA Mock Draft: Lottery Results Move Austin Rivers To Minnesota

The 2012 NBA Draft lottery results probably aren't going to make anyone happy knowing that the New Orleans Hornets, who beat the odds, also own the Minnesota Timberwolves' tenth overall draft pick. Considering Minnesota eventually ended up with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio following that trade, however, let's all just look forward to what the Wolves do have by way of ESPN's updated NBA mock draft.

The Wolves will be on the clock with the No. 18 pick, barring any trades, and should have plenty of options available to them at that slot. Chad Ford sees the best available option being Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and former standout guard for the Duke Blue Devils.

The Wolves' biggest need is at the 2 and Rivers could be a great get here. He can really shoot the basketball and has a killer crossover. He's going to have to get comfortable playing off the ball, but playing with Ricky Rubio could really help his game.

It seems a shooting guard is going to be the pick -- which is obviously the team's biggest need -- and Rivers probably wouldn't be a bad idea. In fact, playing off of Rubio, anybody that can score better than Wesley Johnson wouldn't be a bad idea.

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NBA Mock Draft: Before Lottery, Dion Waiters Projected For Wolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves pick won't change following the results of Wednesday night's lottery. The 2012 NBA mock drafts will still probably be altered following the "random" results, however, so it makes sense to check in on the climate before potential mayhem happens at the top of the draft.

The Timberwolves hold two picks in the Draft - Nos. 18 and 58 -- and while the latter pick isn't likely to be effected by a shakeup in the top half of the draft, the players available at 18 could potentially change based on team needs (and where said teams are selecting). Prior to the lottery, though, the Wolves look to be in prime position to get a pretty solid pick.

According to the experts over at Draft Express, that pick will be another wing player from the Syracuse Orange basketball team as Dion Waiters is currently slotted with Minnesota. DX's most recent write-up on the 6-foot-4 guard is pretty promising.

Looking forward, Waiters brings an interesting package of skills to the table along with a good amount of untapped potential. His style of play should seemingly translate well in a combo guard role off the bench as a sparkplug transition and pick and roll scorer who can defend multiple positions, which every NBA team seems to have at least one of these days.

Would getting a better Syracuse player to play the two-guard make everyone forget how bad Wesley Johnson was this season? Maybe not ... but it certainly shouldn't hurt.

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NBA Draft 2012: Minnesota Timberwolves Hosting Group Workout

The 2012 NBA Draft order will be cemented following Wednesday night's lottery, but the hometown Minnesota Timberwolves will be slotted at No. 18 regardless of how the lottery ball lands. That doesn't mean this week is without exciting draft news, though, because the team is hosting its now-annual group workout once again.

The Wolves will host a bevy of NBA prospects, along with other teams, beginning Thursday morning as they get their first extended looks at some of this year's top prospects. And, thanks to the fine folks with the Timberwolves PR department, we know who is going to be in attendance on Day 1.

Thursday's first workout includes the following prospects:

The second group coming in on Thursday includes another decent batch of possible prospects, too:

None of these players are likely to be selected by the Wolves in the first round, but it certainly doesn't hurt to bring in second round candidates that might also be possibilities for Minnesota's Summer League team if they end up going undrafted.

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NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Time, TV Schedule And More

The Minnesota Timberwolves will not have a single ping pong ball in the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery, but Wednesday night is a big night for 14 other teams around the league. The Timberwolves would have had a lottery pick (the No. 11 spot to be exact), but that pick now belongs to the New Orleans Hornets.

Minnesota will have the No. 18 pick in the NBA Draft, but here are the details for the lottery on Wednesday night:

WHAT: 2012 NBA Draft Lottery

WHERE: Times Square, New York City

WHEN: May 30, 2012

TIME: 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Following the lottery, Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals will tip off. The Miami Heat lead the Boston Celtics 1-0 in the series after a relatively easy Game 1 victory behind the play of, you guessed it, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

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