The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, and there has been a lot of clutter to sort through as to their plans with the pick. Here are three rumors you need to know:
1) Minnesota has reportedly promised to draft Karl-Anthony Towns
The Minnesota Timberwolves have informed Karl-Anthony Towns that they will select him with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft, a source close to Towns told SNY.tv.
“It’s done, he’s going to Minnesota,” the source said. “[Minnesota President and coach] Flip Saunders was big on Jahlil Okafor for a minute there and after Karl came in [on Saturday], he decided to work out for them. He only worked out for them and it’s a wrap. It’s a wrap. They just told him they’re going to take him No. 1.”
2) Could Anthony Bennett be traded on draft night?
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Timberwolves have made Anthony Bennett available for a trade. Minnesota is looking to get another pick in the draft or to get a veteran role player in return.
Bennett was the No. 1 pick of the 2013 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Timberwolves acquired him as part of the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins swap.
3) Kevin Garnett Part Of Minnesota’s Draft Process, Is Meeting With Players
According to NBC Sports, the Wolves are allowing forward Kevin Garnett to be heavily involved in the draft process:
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick, and they are doing their due dillegence — this week they have workouts with Jahlil Okafor and Karl Anthony Towns. They even are getting a better look at guys they almost certainly would not take with that spot, such as Kristaps Porzingis.
And they are getting Kevin Garnett‘s input on all of them.
Timberwolves coach and GM Flip Saunders was on the Chris Mannix NBCSports Radio show and said Garnett is involved in helping the Timberwolves make a decision.
This makes it sound like KG will be back with the Timberwolves on the court next season. Remember Minnesota traded to bring him “home” and out of Brooklyn mid-season. There was speculation that Garnett would retire this summer.
But whenever he does retire, he will have a role with the Timberwolves. Maybe as part owner, but a role one way or another.
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