Wolfson: Signs point to Wolves landing Enes Kanter, but not at No. 2
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A show of hands if you think David Kahn, the Minnesota Timberwolves' president of basketball operations, should keep Arizona's Derrick Williams ...
The hands that matter in the Wolves' front office -- Kahn and assistant general manager Tony Ronzone -- are down.
It's not that they don't think that Williams will have a productive NBA career, but when holding the highest pick in team history, you need to fall in love.
Yes, it's lying season. But sometimes, there's too much talk going one direction to ignore. And based on numerous conversations with agents, front office-types and coaches, I think there's been far too much dialogue -- some initiated by Kahn and Ronzone -- to believe they are married to Williams.
Maybe it's because I'm stubborn, but based on those exchanges, I have no reason to feel any differently than I did a week ago:
The Wolves will take Williams on Thursday night, but he'll never play a game for them.
Here's what I do know hours before the draft:
• The Wolves think just as highly about Turkey center Enes Kanter as they do Williams. In other words, because Kanter fills a need, he's a target.
• The Wolves also aren't foolish enough to take Kanter outright at No. 2 when Williams has a lot of value.
• The Houston Rockets continue to be aggressive in their pursuit of No. 2, but logic suggests they are not the ideal trade partner. They could be seeking out a third team.
• In spite of what Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby told a Phoenix radio station -- point guard Steve Nash and center Marcin Gortat aren't being shopped -- they are for the No. 2 pick. Make no mistake: the Suns want Williams.
And here's what I'm interested to watch on Thursday night:
• Where does Kanter go? If it's to Utah at No. 3, look for a possible two-team or even three-team deal with Kanter ultimately ending up with the Wolves.
• If Kanter goes to Cleveland at No. 4, what can the Cavs give up in addition to Kanter to satisfy the Wolves?
• Be mindful of where Kanter and, to a lesser degree, forward Bismarck Biyombo end up. The Wolves like both, but they favor Kanter.
• Do the Los Angeles Lakers budge because they want Williams so badly? I believe the Wolves, in some sort of package, are willing to move No. 2 for center Andrew Bynum.
• Point guard Jonny Flynn will not be on the Wolves to start the season. Does he get moved before the draft is over?