Timberwolves deal Malcolm Lee, No. 26 overall pick to Golden State
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The Minnesota Timberwolves refused to sit still in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday evening.
Wolves president of basketball operations confirmed Thursday that the team dispensed with their selection at pick No. 26 by dealing it, along with shooting guard Malcolm Lee, to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations and a second round pick in the 2014 draft.
The move came shortly after the Wolves pulled a trade with the Utah Jazz that sent ninth overall selection Trey Burke in exchange for No. 14 pick Shabazz Muhammad and 21st pick Gorgui Dieng.
"We felt comfortable where we were at with our first two (picks)," Saunders said, explaining his rationale for the trade. "We think we're going to get somebody who can make our roster late at (pick No.) 52 or 58 or an overseas-type player. We just didn't feel that having three first round picks was going to be beneficial to fill our roster right now."
As part of the Golden State deal, the Wolves took Andre Roberson with the 26th pick, but the Colorado small forward was then moved to the Warriors. Golden State then proceeded to make another trade, sending Roberson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 29th overall selection.
Entering the night, the Warriors did not hold a pick in either the first or second rounds.
By parting ways with Lee, the Wolves freed themselves of around $844,000 in salary cap space.