No improvement of your lot, if you’re the Minnesota Timberwolves. You fought gallantly in March, putting your best foot forward and ignoring the implosions of previous years. What good did all that non-tanking karma do you? You got what you deserved. And, so… with the number nine pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves elect to do what, exactly?
Stay put? Trade up? Trade out? There are options. Those are them.
Should the Wolves accept their fate, they can choose between the KCP and McCollum leftover shooting guard combo platter, should McCollum’s DAZZLING interviews at the combine in Chicago not vault him up the ranks of so many mock drafts as to have the Bobcats over-thinking things, the odds are one of them will still be around come the ninth pick. But is that good enough for a Rick Adelman team hellbent on turning this thing around after two years of incompetence and ill-fated health dashing all… blah blah fatalistic blah?
Well, if you don’t want to wait around, there are moves to be made. Rumors have it, the Lakers are more than a little interested in moving into the lottery. There’s a deal to be explored there and the pieces are begging to pack their bags.
Or, if Glen Taylor is unwilling to part with the highest draft pick in Wolves history (hint: not Kevin Love), there is more to be had in draft pick dealings. Just think: what did the Wolves have to give up for their best perimeter threat last year? Hint: it was a first rounder — but it was a first rounder of 9 pick’s lesser value than the one the Wolves just found out they had Tuesday night.