Wolves say they’re keeping No. 2, for now
The Minnesota Timberwolves appear content to sit at No. 2 and
draft a player on June 23 – for now.
Minnesota assistant general manager Tony Ronzone said Friday
that the Timberwolves are leaning toward keeping the second pick,
even though they’re getting a lot of phone calls with offers from
teams looking to move up.
”I say right now we’re keeping two,” Ronzone said after
working out several lower-tiered free agents. ”And we really like
where we’re at at 2.”
With Ricky Rubio signing a contract earlier this week to come to
Minnesota next season, Ronzone was asked if the Wolves were going
to hold onto the No. 2 pick. While saying that they were
comfortable at No. 2 and they were planning on keeping it, things
He said the Wolves like their options at No. 2, even though the
youngest team in the league needs veteran leadership on its roster.
He also said ”that’s where we are today,” leaving open the
possibility that they could trade the pick if the right offer came
The Wolves finished with the worst record in the NBA, but their
poor luck in the lottery continued this year when the Cleveland
Cavaliers leapfrogged them to get the top pick. The Cavaliers are
expected to take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving with that pick,
leaving Arizona forward Derrick Williams there for the Wolves at
But Ronzone said he didn’t think Irving to Cleveland was a
”I think it’s still open,” he said. ”I think 1-2-3-4 is open.
Could go any direction. Eye of the beholder, and what teams are
there. It will be an exciting draft day, and it will be a lot of
Whether the Wolves move could depend on what happens at No. 1.
With the youngest roster in the league, the Wolves badly need a
strong veteran presence on the roster. They could use that second
pick as the big chip to get a quality veteran from another team
looking to move up in the draft.
The Timberwolves will workout Williams and power forward/center
Enes Kanter on June 16 and San Diego State swingman Kawhi Leonard
on June 20, among other workouts.
Ronzone declined to comment on Rubio’s decision to sign. The
Timberwolves have not publicly announced Rubio is coming because
they are waiting for the 20-year-old point guard to finish playing
for his team in the Spanish league finals.
But he did speak about Rubio’s game in general, specifically the
perception that his game has regressed over the last two seasons
playing in Regal Barcelona.
”All I know is the kid is a winner,” Ronzone said. ”He wins,
and he’s 20 years old. And he contines to win, and his team is in
the finals of the playoffs right now. That’s the way I look at him.
He’s just a winner, bottom line.”
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