Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wolves Acquire 5th Pick?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired the 5th pick in Thursday's draft from the Washington Wizards:

The Washington Wizards have agreed in principle to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves guards Randy Foye(notes) and Mike Miller(notes) for Etan Thomas(notes), Oleksiy Pecherov(notes) and Darius Songaila and the fifth pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, a league executive with knowledge of the deal told Yahoo! Sports.

Given the recent rumors of the Wolves trying to acquire the #5 pick in order to package it with their own #6 pick in a trade to get the Grizzlies' pick at #2, you have to wonder if this is a step in that direction.

I don't know either way though I'd question if the Wolves, after parting with two useful assets (Foye and Miller) to get one (#5), are really willing to do so again. If there's anything to this, I would think there would be other pieces involved in any deal.

This site has been too quiet the past couple of days as I've dealt with deadlines on non-Griz work and internet problems Beyond the Arc's home office. That behind me, I'll be slavishly devoted to this space through Thursday's draft.

Up next: A roundup from the past three days' workouts and a look at various recent Griz-related links.
Tomorrow: A report from the last pre-draft workout and an in-depth look at candidates for the #27 and #36 picks.
At some point before the draft: A team and Beyond the Arc draft boards for #2 (or reasonable trade-down possibilities.

UPDATE: Conflicting reports already on this. Sacramento Bee's Sam Amick twitters:

# New T-Wolves GM David Kahn promised to make a splash - http://bit.ly/18WlRj - and I'm told it's Rubio if Griz comply and give up # 2. If...39 minutes ago from TweetDeck

Rubio may be about to come off the board. Don't be shocked if Minn. packages 5 and 6 for No. 2 from Memphis.

However, ESPN.com is reporting that the Wolves will not package the picks:

The Wolves would then keep the draft pick and their own selection at No. 6 and not try to package those to move up, a source told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.

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