It’s springtime in the Twin Cities and you can feel the unbridled optimism building.
I haven’t highlighted much of anything Jerry has written in awhile, but there he goes with his draft scouting…
I asked a longtime NBA scout if he’d trade Derrick Williams to move from the ninth pick into the top four if he were the Wolves so he could take one of the two top shooting guards, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Kansas’ Ben McLemore.
No way, is what he said.
He said Williams might be better than anyone in this draft and probably would go top 4 in this draft.
Gold Jerry, that’s gold. Classic, Jerr…
Right after this interaction the scout could be found guffawing with other NBA personnel
and dropping pens in Zgoda’s buttcrack.
But seriously, in case you have any faith in Jerry after that tidbit, read on:
Representatives from 25 other NBA teams attended the Wolves’ two-day group workouts that ended this afternoon at Target Center.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was here, too.
He’s serving as something of a draft adviser to pal Flip Saunders, the Wolves’ new president of basketball operations.
“He’s good because he has seen a lot of these guys play, recruited a lot of these players,” Flip said. “Him coming in to look and talk just helps, gives you insight. One of the biggest things you want to do is background checks, so you know as much about players and where they were four or five years ago and what improvement they’ve made. Have they reached their full potential or do they have a lot more to go. He helps with that.”
Other bits of this and that from these first workouts as the June 27 draft approaches:
* Rick Adelman did come to town — I didn’t see him there yesterday — for these two days of workouts and Thursday’s first individual workouts and he chatted with Kevin Love high up in the Target Center stands at the end of today’s second session.
* Those first individual workouts on Thursday are scheduled to feature shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia), Allen Crabbe (Cal) and Ricky Ledo (Providence) in a six-player group.
Caldwell-Pope is perhaps the leading possibility for that 9th overall pick. The other two guys are candidates for the Wolves’ second first-round pick, 26th overall.
Those Thursday workouts are the last until after Saunders returns the second week of June from Italy for the annual Eurocamp.
* Flip will leave after Thursday’s workouts for Las Vegas and will watch Russian prospect Sergey Karasev — a 6-7 shooting swingman who the Wolves will consider with that 9th pick — in a pro day there on Friday.
He’ll then fly to Miami to meet with Ricky Rubio on Saturday.
* While in Europe, Flip also hopes to meet with Alexey Shved — as well as Nikola Pekovic — before he returns to Minnesota to continue workouts starting June 12 most likely.