As the NBA Draft approaches, there are several teams that are reportedly looking to trade down. Flip Saunders and the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to go in the other direction, as Charley Walters of The Pioneer Press reports the team will attempt to trade Derrick Williams and the No. 9 overall pick to move up in the draft.
Looks like TWolves will try to deal Derrick Williams and No. 9 pick to move up in NBA draft.
— Charley Walters (@Charley_Walters) June 3, 2013
Prior to this new report, there was speculation that the Timberwolves were eyeing UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammed at No. 9 overall. However, Minnesota will now see what kinds of offers it can garner by shopping Williams and its top pick.
Minnesota made Williams the No. 2 overall selection just two seasons ago after his strong final season at the college level. He has developed into a nice player, but nothing spectacular so far. Last season with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio injured, Williams averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds over 25 minutes per game.