May 23, 2011
In a draft that isn't deep in NBA-ready talent, the No. 2 overall pick that the Minnesota Timberwolves possess could be a valuable trading commodity.
Majority owner Glen Taylor said that he doesn't think the team will trade the pick, but he'll let president of basketball operations David Kahn make the final decision, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
"I think it's most likely we'll keep [the pick] ... but we're open to look at a trade," said Taylor, according to the paper. "But most likely we'll keep [the player who is drafted]. I just think when you get a pick that high, you would want to keep it for the future."
After taking his position in May of 2009, Kahn drafted three point guards in the draft. One of them, Ricky Rubio(notes), still plays professionally in his home country of Spain and it remains unclear when he'll make the jump to the NBA. Another, Ty Lawson(notes), was traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists this past season. Jonny Flynn(notes) remains with the Timberwolves and averaged 5.3 points, 3.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds this past season.
Last summer, Kahn drafted forward Wesley Johnson with the fourth overall pick out of Syracuse. He averaged nine points and three rebounds this past season for Minnesota.
The Star Tribune notes that most mock drafts list Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Arizona forward Derrick Williams as the top two picks.
The Timberwolves were the worst team in the NBA last season with only 17 wins.