The implications that Flip Saunders could have the Wolves poised to move up in Thursday night’s draft to nab Victor Oladipo are tantalizing, if steep. The Wizards at #3 has always seemed a bit less impossible than Orlando and certainly Cleveland, simply because Washington’s needs fit what Minnesota has to offer. It does seem a bit cruel going after the Wizards again, though, after the already gave the Wolves Ricky Rubio.
In a chat with Chad Ford, these Q&As were exchanged…
Q: Alex (Baltimore)
There have been rumors of the Wizards trading out of the 3rd pick, presumable so a team could move up for Oladipo, does trading the third pick (and whatever it takes to balance out the salary) for Derrick Williams and the 9th overall pick or for Luol Deng and the rights to Nikola Mirotic make sense?
A:Chad Ford (1:15 PM)
It might, because the Wizards want to make the playoffs next year. Derrick Williams, for all of his flaws, is more NBA ready than the player they get at 3 and they’d still have the 9th pick. I think the issue is long-term upside. I think Otto Porter or Anthony Bennett have more upside than Williams. So you trade the future for the now. Every time the Wizards have done that in the past it’s come back to bite them.
Q: Craig (Charlotte)
Who are the Bobcats targeting? Are they looking at Oladipo if he falls to #4? I see him,MKG, and Biyombo having a hard time getting buckets next year.
A: Chad Ford (1:17 PM)
Information is tough to come by out of Charlotte but hearing Alex Len, Bennett, McLemore and Cody Zeller. Zeller is a dark horse in Charlotte. GM Rich Cho likes him a lot, but he’s struggling to convince the rest of his organization he’s the guy. Wouldn’t be shocked if Bobcats traded back with the Wolves either. They could land Derrick Williams and Cody Zeller!