Wolves After a Different Laker? & Indiana makes another offer…
UPDATE: A recent report from ESPN NBA, has the likeliest trade for the Wolves’ #2 will be to the Phoenix Suns for the #13 and Marcin Gortat.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been shopping the #2 pick, quite hard the since the NBA Draft Lottery. They’ve been in talks with a number of teams looking to move up in this week’s draft (6/23).
As you look through past posts you’ll find dozens of trade rumors that continue to pop up nearly everyday. Today, the same team, but a different player has emerged: the Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum.
The Wolves have been adamant that they want a veteran big man in return for the #2 pick and Bynum would obviously fill that role.
The Wolves & Lakers were reportedly in talks earlier this week about Spanish big man: Pau Gasol as Kahn is looking for some Spaniards to put around Rubio. However, the Lakers were asking for the #2 pick and Kevin Love as they’re looking to accumulate a lot of young talent. David Kahn has refuted that rumor saying that Kevin Love will be playing for the Timberwolves next season—that’s a promise!
However, Jim Buss of the LA is a big supporter of Bynum and likely wouldn’t let him go, unless they were absolutely blown away by an offer.
Bynum has struggled the past couple years with knee problems, so the Wolves are reportedly hesitant.
The Pacer we’re referring to is not Danny Granger, as his name has been mentioned before, but rather 7-2 Roy Hibbert. The Pacers reportedly offered Hibbert and the #15 for the #2, but the Wolves didn’t bite.
Other veteran big man that have shown up on the TWolves radar recently include: Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut & Washington’s JaVale McGee. However, both of these teams have made it clear they have no intention of trading their young centers. Another is Phoenix big man Marcin Gortat.
That’s all for now, the draft is now just days away as trade chatter is sure to persist. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
More Trade Rumors for #2 pick Emerge
The 2011 NBA Draft is just 6 days away and the Timberwolves are still drawing interest for their #2 pick.
There are a number of different trade scenarios that have emerged since the May Draft Lottery. From Indiana the Pacers reportedly offered Danny Granger for the #2 & Beasley. The Wizards were another team that are interested in the #2 pick and a trade that featured JaVale McGee & the #6. The Phoenix Suns are yet another team that is reportedly ‘very’ interested in the Wolves’ #2 pick. The Wolves are interested in the veteran point guard: Steve Nash. Suns’ big man: Marcin Gortat is another interest for Minnesota. The Raptors reported offer of DeMar DeRozan and the #5 for Jonny Flynn & the #2 were yet another.
Today, another couple trade rumors emerged. The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly are offering Pau Gasol to Minnesota for Kevin Love and the #2 pick. Pau Gasol’s name has come up before, but this is the first time the Lakers have actually expressed interest in All-Star Kevin Love-who played his college basketball at UCLA and whose hometown is just North in Oregon. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune says that the TWolves are certainly interested in Pau, but definitely not for Love and probably not for the #2.
The other rumor that seems to have emerged today is from the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are apparently interested in obtaining the #2 pick and rumor is that the Bucks are offering center Andrew Bogut and the #10 for the #2. However, Frank Madden stated via Twitter that if the Bucks had initiated these talks with Minnesota, the deal would already be done as Bogut & 10 for 2 would be a no-brainer for Minny. There’s no doubt that when Andrew Bogut is healthy he’s one of the top 2-3 centers in the NBA.
As we wind down the final days till draft night, these rumors will continue to circulate and I’m sure more will emerge. Remember to stay tuned for daily updates on all TWolves news, information & updates all year round. Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!