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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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