Bradford Doolittle of Basketball Prospectus wrote an article for ESPN Insider that highlighted three solid trade ideas that have some ties to the upcoming draft. And while I still believe the Wolves will likely back out of the draft in hopes of finding veteran help via trade, Doolittle has other plans, completely contrary to my theory.
Doolittle offers the idea of trading Derrick Williams and the #18 pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for the #2 pick. What the ?!? Now it’s an exciting idea to many, including myself. Although I still think that a veteran is of more use to Adelman and next year’s roster, a skilled player from the top of a draft much better than last year’s would be nice. There are multiple options the Wolves could go for at #2 including Andre Drummond, the much-needed shot-blocking presence the Wolves need, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a pure gymrat with strong skills from the small forward position, or even Bradley Beal, a go-to scorer at the 2-guard.
Doolittle says that Beal would likely be the pick, and I can’t disagree with him. He’s likely the most NBA-ready guard in the entire draft and fills a huge need for the Wolves. After all, they’ve never had a serious starting shooting guard since Latrell Sprewell, and that was short-lived.