The rumor may have excited many Wizards fans, but as of right now, the team is not one of “the most active teams” trying to get the second overall pick from Minnesota, according to multiple league sources. That doesn’t mean that the Wizards aren’t high on Arizona forward Derrick Williams (they are) or that they won’t eventually make an aggressive pitch before the June 23 draft (they just might), it just hasn’t happened yet.
The Wizards have the sixth pick in the draft and President Ernie Grunfeld has already stated that the team is willing to “see what other opportunities come up.” But they likely don’t have the talented veteran pieces that it would take to get the No. 2 pick. Minnesota was the NBA’s youngest team last season and just signed 20-year-old Ricky Rubio -- whom the Timberwolves selected in 2009 with fifth pick acquired from Washington in the Mike Miller and Randy Foye deal -- to a contract earlier this week.
From the moment the Minnesota the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft lottery, rumors have swirled that the team is willing to move the selection -- with Williams considered the second-best prospect on some draft boards after Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Minnesota’s two best players being forwards Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.
The Timberwolves didn’t exactly quell speculation on Friday, but Minnesota assistant general manager Tony Ronzone said the team is leaning toward keeping the second overall pick.
“Right now, we’re keeping the two,” Ronzone said, adding, “that’s where we are today.”
That leaves open the possibility that it could be moved, with less than three weeks remaining until everything gets settled at the Prudential Center in Newark. This is the time of year when it’s really hard to believe what NBA teams plan to do, with draft rumors and misinformation swirling to keep teams posturing and guessing.
Givony reported that the Timberwolves are looking for a “veteran big man” in a potential trade. ESPN Insider Chad Ford wrote that the Wizards, Phoenix, Cleveland, Utah, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Philadelphia, Memphis and the Los Angeles Lakers have shown interest in trading up.