Wolves Trying to Move Up for Oladipo or McLemore
While Minnesota could potentially select a wing scorer with the ninth pick in tomorrow’s draft by grabbing Shabazz Muhammad, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, or C.J. McCollum, ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chad Ford are reporting that the Timberwolves are still trying to package their two first round picks (the other being #29 overall) and a former #2 overall pick to move up and take one of the more exciting two-guard prospects in this class.
“The Wolves continue to try to move up higher in the draft to land either Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore,” Stein and Ford reported at ESPN.com. ”The latest rumbles have them reaching out to the Magic, Bobcats and Suns offering Derrick Williams and the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in return for Orlando’s No. 2 pick, Charlotte’s No. 4 pick or Phoenix’s No. 5 pick.”
That’s a pretty significant haul, particularly if the Magic, Bobcats, or Suns are able to get a hold of a player at #9 they may have coveted earlier in the draft. Charlotte, for example, could possibly draft Cody Zeller at #9, while also picking up Williams and a late first-round pick for their troubles.
Orlando and Phoenix have been the consensus landing spots for Oladipo and McLemore in most mock drafts, but Minnesota moving up would obviously change that projection.