Wolves spend second round picks on Lorenzo Brown, Bojan Dubljevic
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After spending the first round of Thursday's NBA Draft negotiating trades with the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors, the Minnesota Timberwolves took a more straightforward route in the second round.
The Wolves concluded their up-and-down draft night by adding North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown and Montenegrin forward Bojan Dubljevic with their pair of second round picks.
Brown, who posted a 11.6 points per game scoring average in his three years at North Carolina State, went to the Wolves with the 22nd pick in the second round (52nd overall). The 6-foot-5, 189-pounds guard was once considered a potential first round pick, but slid down draft boards as North Carolina State struggled last season.
Wolves president operations basketball operations Flip Saunders mentioned earlier in the week that he would not be pursuing another point guard in the draft, but the move to take Brown was made based on long-term potential to develop into an NBA caliber guard.
"He's a first round talent," Saunders said late Thursday at the Target Center. "We had him in here. He worked out well. He actually shot the better than we thought he could ... He's the different from the other guards that we have, because he's 6-5. He's big. He's not a little guard. It's nice to have some big guys like that."
Saunders does not envision Brown being able to play in a two-guard role, which would have satisfied one of the Wolves' pressing needs.
The Wolves opted for Dubljevic, a big-bodied 21-year-old power forward (6-foot-10, 242-pounds), with the second-to-last pick in the draft (No. 58 overall). Dubljevic has spent the last two seasons with Buducnost VOLI of Europe's Adriatic League.