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Mid-day talker: Stauskas still Wolves' pick in new ESPN mock draft

Posted by: Michael Rand under Wolves news Updated: June 17, 2014 - 12:31 PM

We're only nine days away from the NBA draft, which is going to sneak up on us FAST considering all the World Cup fun going on (particularly since the U.S. plays Germany on June 26, same day as the draft).

Are you curious what the Wolves are going to do? So are we. While the biggest decision is still what to do about Kevin Love, that No. 13 pick is still a potentially important piece. Chad Ford from ESPN.com released his latest mock draft, which once again shows Minnesota taking Michigan guard Nik Stauskas. A couple mocks ago it was Michigan State's Adreian Payne, who was here recently for a workout. Either player could help immediately next season. Here is Ford on the Wolves and Stauskas:

The Wolves, as we discussed, are talking trade now with a number of teams. With Kevin Love threatening to leave next year, they have to do something. We discussed the Boston Celtics scenario above. The Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors also have been strong suitors. However, if they keep their pick and Stauskas is on the board here, I'm not sure how they pass. It's possible he might be. He sprained his shoulder about a week ago and had to cancel workouts last week. He worked out last week in Boston and Los Angeles, but the likelihood he goes six or seven is very slim. If Stauskas is gone, James Young, Rodney Hood and Adreian Payne are two other players getting long looks here.

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