Minnesota Timberwolves Roundup: Draft workouts and more

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 14: Sekou Doumbouya, #14 of U18 Insep Paris. (Photo by Patrick Albertini/EB via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 14: Sekou Doumbouya, #14 of U18 Insep Paris. (Photo by Patrick Albertini/EB via Getty Images) /

With less than 10 days until the NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves are continuing to hold workouts for prospects, and there are some intriguing names on the list.

The NBA Finals are on the brink, and the NBA Draft is less than 10 days away.

That means it’s go-time for Minnesota Timberwolves fans. Brush up on your draft prospects so you can be appropriately angry/hyped when the Wolves do/don’t pick your favorite college phenom or under-ranked phenom.

The Timberwolves are in an intriguing spot, sitting at No. 11 in a draft with a number of middling prospects. They also have some existing salary that they’d love to shed, and there are questions surrounding their potential willingness to part with a pick to get rid or a salary, or if they could potentially move the No. 11 selection in a trade-back while possibly picking up an extra draft pick in the process.

At this point, it’s highly unlikely that anything goes down prior to the draft itself — although the David Kahn-orchestrated deal that brought the Wolves the extra pick in the Ricky RubioJonny Flynn draft was in the days leading up to the event — so we have a few days to wait and speculate.

There is a flurry of information surrounding draft workouts. If you’re a Wolves fan, much of that intel comes from local friend Darren Wolfson. Here’s one of notes, including former Gopher Amir Coffey.

Wolfson also brought up Sekou Doumbouya and North Carolina’s Coby White as players who have or will visit the Wolves.

Since the initial tweet flurry over the weekend, we’ve learned that Doumbouya is spending at least a couple of days in the Twin Cities, including meetings, a workout, and medical testing.

Doumbouya is often mocked in the No. 8 to 12 range, although it would be a mild surprise to see him slide out of the top 10.

While we admittedly don’t know what the style of new front office boss Gersson Rosas will be on draft night, it would be against the M.O. of his long-time employer, the Houston Rockets, to trade up to make a selection. It’s likely that Rosas and his new front office hires will have a short list of players they’re interested in at No. 11 and a series of trade-back options contingent on who is on the board when they’re pick comes up.

Our draft coverage will continue over the next week-plus. Get excited, it’s almost here.

Elsewhere, Wolfson also noted that an old friend was present at workouts over the past week.

You may recall that Brooks was brought in for his final NBA season by Tom Thibodeau as the Wolves third point guard during the 2017-18 — also known as the only playoff campaign over the past 15 years of Timberwolves history.

John Lucas III, another backup point guard who finished his career with the Wolves after being a Thibodeau guy at previous stops, transitioned into coaching as the Wolves player development coach the past couple of years before being let go in this offseason’s regime change.

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It appears as though Brooks is trying to do something similar, although Minnesota is rumored to be filling their player development coach role with former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Kevin Burleson.