Minnesota Timberwolves Reportedly Making Push To Acquire Lakers Star Pau Gasol

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 5: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots over Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on November 5 2010 in Los Angeles California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol looks to be the big target for the Minnesota Timberwolves this off season, and according to AP sources they have already tried to make a move in order to get him on draft day.

There wasn't much to talk about from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the draft this season, as they only ended up with one pick after trading their 18th overall selection for Chase Budinger. Robbie Hummel ended up being their one selection, not exactly a headline name.

According to AP sources, the Timberwolves are seeking a headline name this off season though, Los Angeles Lakers veteran big man Pau Gasol. The Wolves had tried on draft day to get the No. 2 pick away from the Charlotte Bobcats, for unknown reasons at the time. The Bobcats immediately said no to the deal, and it looks like it was a move to try and get Gasol away from LA by Minnesota:

That much became clear leading up to the NBA draft on Thursday, when Minnesota offered Derrick Williams to the Charlotte Bobcats for the No. 2 pick as a vehicle to help them land Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers, two people with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press.

With a solid core already in place, the Wolves seeking Gasol to try and push their squad from good to great makes complete sense, even if they have to give up Derrick Williams in order to do it. We can probably expect the Wolves to keep trying to lure the Lakers into giving Gasol over for a good long while coming.

For more on the Minnesota Timberwolves, head over to Canis Hoopus. More news and analysis on the NBA Draft and NBA free agency along with everything else in the world of basketball can be found at SB Nation's NBA hub.

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