72 hours and counting: Wolves wrap up draft workouts Tuesday
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- June 22, 2010 - 1:47 AM
The Timberwolves conclude weeks of pre-draft workouts Tuesday morning at Target Center.
Nevada's Luke Babbitt, Washington's Quincy Pondexter and Clemson's Trevor Booker are among the players -- Butler's Gordon Hayward cancelled out of the group today -- due in.
Today's group included Fresno State's Paul George and Cornell's Ryan Wittman were among the players in today.
If the Wolves are lucky, George might slip to their 16th pick overall pick. But a guy who has impressed with his athetlcisim and shot during recent workouts could go as early as No. 8 to the Clippers.
David Kahn has maintained in recent days that the Wolves almost certainly will stay where they are and pick fourth overall, although assistant GM Tony Ronzone today said that, despite media speculation that has had them for weeks picking Wes Johnson fourth, they don't know yet who or where they will pick.
As I wrote in a "Wolves Insider" for today's paper, it's sounding more and more like Kahn and Rambis would start all over again if they can with Ricky Rubio, Darko Milicic, maybe Nikola Pekovic and the players they add Thursday night.
A few things -- and teams -- to watch for:
* Still keep your eye on Philly and Jersey with the second and third picks.
The Sixers continue to posture that Evan Turner is their guy, but dont rule out the chance the Wolves do swing a deal for that second pick. DeMarcus Cousins (or Derrick Favors) makes a lot of sense for the Sixers, the Wolves have assets to deal and the will to come out of this draft with a player they think will be a star.
It sure would shake things up if the Sixers went and took Cousins outright at No. 2, a scenario that would drop Derrick Favors right in the Wolves' proverbial lap. A long shot to be sure, but...
Cousins worked out simultaneously with Favors in New Jersey Monday and by all reports had another impressive workout. Whether it was enough to sway the Nets away from Favors and toward Cousins...
Favors impressed with his size and speed -- he sure can run the floor -- in a Target Center workout last week and the Wolves would do cartwheels if he's available, even with Love and Jefferson already on the roster (for now at least).
* Golden State and the Wolves could be trade partners. ESPN.com through Anthony Randolph's name out there weeks ago and he's the kind of player the Wolves are looking to add: Long, athletic, still a big upside.It wouldn't have to be a No. 4 for No. 6 swap. Could involve the team's other first round pick(s) or perhaps even a guy like Kevin Love in a bigger deal.
* Indiana wants to swap its No. 10 overall pick for a point guard. Don't think Jonny Flynn isn't available for the right deal. Pacers beat writer Mike Wells reportis the Pacers floated the idea with the Wolves and Kahn shot it down, but things that go nowhere on Monday of draft work find traction on draft day.
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