March 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UCLA Bruins guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad (15) shoots against Oregon Ducks guard Johnathan Loyd (10) during the second half of the championship game of the Pac 12 tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oregon defeated UCLA 78-69. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Flip Saunders Likes UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, or Does He?

Smokescreens and intrigue, the buildup to the NBA Draft is upon us. The Wolves have some buzz around the league as movers and shakers lying in wait for Charlotte’s number four pick. What it would take to move up from number nine is unclear, but not so unclear as how the existence of the rumor the Wolves would be interested in UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad if they stick with their number nine pick is possible.

Is Flip Saunders creating the possibility to draw attention from his actual target? Is there real interest in Muhammad?

In the wake of his hire, Flip gave a lot of lip service to fit and character with regard to Rick Adelman’s system and the overall culture. (Could have used a Flip-ism like: insofar as, right there, and chose not to.)

From Doogie Scoops:

Look for new Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders to engage Charlotte, holders of the No. 4 pick in next month’s draft, in trade talks.

According to league sources, Saunders is a big fan of Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, and the only way to get him is to move up from the ninth-spot.

If the Wolves stay at No. 9, one league source predicts Saunders will take UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad. Word has it that the Wolves like him. But so does Detroit, and they pick one spot ahead of the Wolves.

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