Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn took another step toward starting from scratch.
The Minnesota Timberwolves traded Randy Foye and Mike Miller to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday for the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft along with Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov.
I really like this trade from Minnesota’s perspective. I had read about the rumor earlier in the day, but it appeared at that time the Wolves would have to throw in at least one of their first-round picks. Tuesday’s trade – which isn’t official yet – would give Minnesota four picks in the first round (Nos. 5, 6, 18 and 26).
The Wolves must be thinking about trying to trade up for that No. 2 overall pick that Memphis currently has. Reportedly, 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet and Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio are two players the Wolves covet, but it’s unlikely either of them will be there at No. 5. Also reportedly, Thabeet doesn’t want to play in Memphis.
My guess is that the Wolves end up with Thabeet one way or another. This draft is loaded with guards. Rubio may be a cut above, but getting a guy like Ty Lawson at 18 or so wouldn’t be all bad either.