The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly looking to move Derrick Williams and the number 9 pick in the in order to move up in the 2013 NBA draft. The T-Wolves drafted Williams number 2 overall in the 2011 NBA draft. The undersized Williams showed signs of progress in his second season, as he ate of more playing time with the many injuries to Kevin Love.
Williams averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 24 minutes during his sophomore campaign, and will likely garner plenty of interest from teams looking to trade out of a draft that many experts consider to be weak.
With the recent rise of Timberwolves center, Nikola Pekovic, last year’s signing of Andre Kirilenko, and the imminent return of star forward, Kevin Love, their roster just doesn’t seem to support the minutes for a player like Williams. The last thing the Wolves want to do is end up with a log-jam similar to what the Utah Jazz have at the forward/center positions.
Perhaps the Timberwolves can move up and snag an exciting young wing player like Victor Oladipo , Ben McLemore, or Otto Porter. The prospect of adding a young wing scorer to go along with Love and Rubio may just be what this team needs to tip the scales.