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Updated: June 24th, 2010 8:49pm
Wolves trade 23rd and 56th picks to Washington for Hayward and Bjelica

Wolves trade 23rd and 56th picks to Washington for Hayward and Bjelica

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves selected 6'7" 236-pound forward Trevor Booker out of Clemson with the 23rd overall pick in the NBA draft, but the Wolves then agreed to trade him and the 56th overall pick to the Washington Wizards for the 30th and 35th overall picks.

The 30th pick wound up being 6'6" 225-pound senior forward Lazar Hayward">Lazar Hayward out of Marquette, and the 35th overall pick was 6'10" 210-pound forward Nemanja Bjelica from Belgrade, Serbia. Center Hamady N'diaye from Rutgers was selected for the Wizards with the 56th pick.

Bjelica, 22, is described by as being a solid spot-up shooter who is also, "dangerous creating his shot off the dribble... An extremely versatile player, capable of playing a number of positions thanks to his size and ability to handle the ball."

Team president David Kahn said he believes there is a good chance Bjelica will wind up joining the Wolves this season.

Hayward, 23, averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and shot 34.9 percent from three-point range last season.

Ironically, lists Hayward as most comparable to Ryan Gomes, who was traded along with the 16th overall pick to the Blazers for Martell Webster.

Booker averaged 15.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and shot 52 percent from the field as a senior last season. describes Booker as being an "extraordinary finisher around the rim, often finishing with a power jam (44 dunks as a freshman and 34 as a sophomore)."

Booker was the first senior taken in the draft.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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