…. Aaaaaaaaand… THEY'RE OFF!!
The pre-draft trading is suddenly getting hot… with the Wizards and Timberwolves swapping 5 players and the #5 pick in the draft, according to Sports Illustrated.
The Wizards and Timberwolves have agreed in principle to a trade
involving Washington's No. 5 pick in the draft, a league source told
SI.com on Tuesday.
deal would leave Minnesota with the Nos. 5 and 6 picks in the lottery.
The Timberwolves also have the 18th and 28th selections in the first
round of Thursday's draft.
The trade was awaiting final
approval by both sides. If consummated, the deal would enable new
Timberwolves general manager David Kahn to make any number of moves
leading up to the draft, whether he decides to keep the picks or
package some or all of them to move up to No. 2 in an exchange with
Memphis that could bring Ricky Rubio to Minnesota.
Part of me thinks it's great that Minnesota has managed to secure FOUR first round picks in the draft. The other part of me thinks it's typical that Minnesota manages to pull that move off in what many people are calling the worst draft ever. While I don't think it will live up (down?) to that hype, Minnesota has managed to make a big splash in what's probably going to be a muddy puddle of a draft.
Sorry 'Sota… I'm really pulling for you. I hope the Ricky Rubio thing works out. Maybe then you can have a team that matures into a contender just before Al Jefferson retires.