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.
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