Flip’s Moves: Timberwolves trades and the 2015 draft

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Jun 26, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders (left) number one overall draft pick Karl-Anthony Towns (center) and Tyus Jones (right) address the media at Mayo Clinic Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Selected Karl-Anthony Towns first-overall and traded for Tyus Jones

Full trade: The Wolves received Tyus Jones (the #24 pick) for two second-round picks (the #31 and #36 picks)

How did the Wolves fare? Plenty has been written about the Wolves’ draft results from this year at DWW and elsewhere, but here’s the quick rundown: Towns was the obvious number-one pick in most people’s eyes, but Flip was rumored to be enamored with Jahlil Okafor.

It kept the interest strong in what the Wolves would do with the pick, but thankfully Flip decided on Towns. He has the most potential of anyone in the draft and should be a great fit with the team.

The Wolves traded their own second-round pick and Sacramento’s second-round pick that they got in the Corey Brewer trade for Tyus Jones. This was a fantastic trade, especially considering that the two players drafted with those picks were Cedi Osman from Turkey and Rakeem Christmas from Syracuse.

Jones should be a much better player than either of those two. In his impressive March Madness run with Duke, he showed an incredible balance between scoring and setting up teammates. Being able to learn angles and tricks from Andre Miller and Ricky Rubio this year should do wonders for his development.

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