Expect a Wildcat rather than a wild card tonight

You get the feeling that the Minnesota Timberwolves don’t want to draft second overall tonight?

That’s not to say that the Wolves have instigated all of these trade rumors. But there sure have been a lot of them. Andrew Bynum, Paul Gasol, Steve Nash and Andre Igoudala are just some of the names reportedly being proposed in trades for Minnesota’s first of two first-round picks in tonight’s NBA draft.

But rumors are just that, and I have no reason to think the Wolves won’t hold onto that No. 2 pick. And after Cleveland takes Duke guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick, expect Minnesota to grab Arizona forward Derrick Williams.

I do think it would serve the Wolves well to try and add a player with at least a little more experience through a trade rather than bring another rookie into the fold.

That’s not to say that I think the Wolves are a piece away. But at some point, they have to show the fans and, more importantly, Kevin Love that they’re not in a constant rebuilding mode. After all, if you’re Love and your contract is a year away from expiring, you’re not going to re-sign with a team that is always playing for tomorrow and not today. And if Love were to leave in free agency, I think that would be a huge blow to the franchise.

But as much as I’m intrigued by adding Igoudala, Bynum or Gasol, the teams holding those players don’t sound interested.