According to ProBasketballTalk.com (an affiliate of NBC Sports), the Minnesota Timberwolves are “dangeling” the number 2 pick, and the Pacers are rumored to be interested. As expected, the Wolves would most likely draft either Arizona forward, Derrick Williams, or Kentucky center, Enes Kanter, with that pick. However, Williams’ position isn’t necessarily a need for the Wolves, and Kanter hasn’t played basketball competitively in almost a year. What the Wolves need most is a veteran player who can step in and provide leadership and scoring from the guard position. And that seems to be just what the Pacers are offering; but could the price be too steep?
The Pacers are said to be throwing Danny Granger’s name around in the trade, but are looking for the 2nd overall pick, and possibly Ricky Rubio or Michael Beasley in return. I’d have no problem swapping the 2nd overall pick for Granger, straight up, but when you start involving Rubio or Beasley on top of it, I’d say no way. I know Granger is a former all-star, and can certainly fill up the stat sheet, but dumping Rubio before he even has a chance to play his first NBA game could be disastrous. I mean, c’mon Kahn, you’ve made us wait this long, why not see what he has to offer. And if Beasley can improve his ball-handling and decision-making, he could prove more valuable than Granger at this point in their careers.
So, unless the Wolves can somehow finagle either a 2011 or 2012 first round pick, along with Granger from the Pacers, I just can’t justify trading away the 2nd overall pick and one of our budding stars. My advice here, say no to the Pacers, keep shopping the pick and see what else is out there. Worst-case scenario, we end up having to take Williams or Kanter, which isn’t all that bad if you really think about it.