Pouring gasoline on the fire that is my desire for the Wolves to nab Indiana’s Victor Oladipo? This Doogie column that says Wolves President of Basketball Operations is meeting with Oladipo in Wasington D.C. this morning.
Sure, subterfuge and smoke screens are a part of Flip’s game, but there are real questions as to the number of Wolves assets it would take.
Speculation of Derrick Williams value goes, for locals, as low as a 2nd rounder. Outsiders view him as a blue chip — don’t laugh — and just misused in his time here so far (how a player could be misused while being spoon fed by Ricky Rubio, I have no idea). The trick would seem to be to find those folks and keep them away from Williams until a draft night deal can be made.
Since taking over the decision-making responsibilities in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office in early May, Flip Saunders has traveled to New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and most recently Italy for work-related reasons.
He can now add Washington D.C. to that list.
According to a league source, Saunders is meeting with Indiana two-guard Victor Oladipo in D.C. on Friday morning.
There’s a lot of subterfuge in the weeks leading up to the June 27 Draft. But numerous team and league sources insist Saunders’ interest in Oladipo is genuine and the former Indiana star is likely the top player on the Wolves’ board.
The clear admiration and the fact Oladipo could fill a clear need has Saunders continuing to engage the teams in the top-5 in trade discussions. Not one league official thinks Oladipo gets out of the top-5, and there’s even recent buzz that he could be the No. 1 overall pick.
Whether forward Derrick Williams is the trade bait to facilitate such a move remains to be seen, but league personnel think Saunders’ lovefest with Williams right now is a ploy to increase his value.
That Oladipo’s camp granted Saunders the gathering shows that he’s demonstrated to them an ability to move up.