With only a few more days before Thursday's NBA Draft, rumors have been swirling about potential trades that could go down involving the Wolves leading up to the draft. Here are some of those rumors, along with some other tidbits.
According to Andy Katz of ESPN.com, the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered a trade package centered around the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, along with forward Tristan Thompson and guard Dion Waiters for Wolves power forward Kevin Love. The Cavs like three players in this draft, but aren't crazy about any of them so it makes sense that they would try to shop the pick around to see what they could get for it. President of basketball operations Flip Saunders refuses to move Love.
I wrote yesterday about the possibility of the Wolves dealing forward Derrick Williams to move up in the draft. It appears those rumors could be true as they presumably have offered teams in the top-five of the draft a trade package that includes Williams, the No. 9 and No. 26 picks, per ESPN.com. The article went on to mention that Saunders is "enamored" with Indiana guard Victor Oladipo.
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports the Wolves have had discussions with the Brooklyn Nets about guard MarShon Brooks. Nothing is imminent, but Bondy went on to mention that an offer had been made to the Wolves and was waiting for their approval. Bondy believes that the Wolves would need to part ways with either point guards Luke Ridnour or J.J. Barea.
The Wolves are headed south of the border on December 4th as they will play a regular-season game against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. This will be the Wolves second regular-season trip out of the country as they played the Sacramento Kings in Japan in 1999. The Wolves will be the "home" team in Mexico City.