May 4, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Gerald Wallace (45) reacts after dunking the ball against the Chicago Bulls in game seven of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Barclays Center. Bulls win 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Trade Rumors: Tony Mitchell to the Wolves


Tony Mitchell is a 6’9″, 230-pound 21 year-old from North Texas who just finished his sophomore year. He was the last guy the Wolves worked out the day of Flip’s presser and his college production fell off a cliff after one good month — sound familiar? Wesley Johnson, anyone?

But, of course, he’s freakishly athletic — defending in isolation he held opponents to 5% shooting so Woj has the Wolves nabbing him at 26.

Flip Saunders worked out Mitchell on his visit to Minnesota and left impressed, sources tell Y! Make no mistake: He has high-lottery gifts.

Parrot Jerry has him, as well…

Last guy Wolves had in for workout RT @WojYahooNBA: Some shying away from Tony Mitchell, but he could find a landing spot w/ Minn at No. 26.

Relevant stats:

FT%: 66.9

3P%: 28.9

2.7 blocks

So he’s a Gerald Wallace kind of small forward. Another long-term project, to be sure, but those defensive stats — isolation defense, over 2.5 blocks — are tough to ignore at 26.

Speaking of Wallace… also from Woj…

@WojYahooNBA Boston and Brooklyn discussing a blockbuster deal that would send Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Nets.

Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA 2m

Possible Nets package includes expiring deal of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tomike Shenglia and three first-round picks, sources tell Y!

Hopefully this kind of talk would dissuade any old-heads of their KG-to-the-Wolves-as-a-3rd-big-backing-up-Pek-and-Love fantasies. Let it go, people.

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