Should Washington Wizards Trade No. 3 Pick for Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams?

By Michael Terrill
Should Washington Wizards Trade No. 3 Pick for Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams
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There are rumors circulating that the Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in trading power forward Derrick Williams, especially if they are able to move up in the 2013 NBA Draft. Other rumors have the Washington Wizards willing to trade the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft. Does anyone else smell a matchmaker?

There have been anonymous sources claiming that Washington has been interested in trading their selection for a forward. Milwaukee BucksErsan Ilyasova was one name in particular that has been linked to the Wizards in the headlines. Even though Williams has not received as much press as Ilyasova, it is still no secret the Timberwolves are interested in dealing him.

The only way I see Washington parting ways with their valuable draft pick is if Minnesota gives them Williams plus their No. 9 pick. The Timberwolves might not be interested in this because they have reportedly had their eyes set on drafting shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad, who they believe is one of the more talented players in the entire draft.

“He’s a natural scorer,” Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told Fox Sports North. “He’s gonna find a way. He’s gonna score. You can put him in the gym with whoever’s playing, he’s gonna find a way to get 14, 15 points somehow. That’s just what he does. It might not be the prettiest way he does it, but he’s gonna find a way. And … that’s a given talent.”

If the Timberwolves did offer the deal, it is certainly something the Wizards must consider taking. Losing out on Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett or Nerlens Noel would be rough, but the possibility of picking up two solid players in return could be worth it.

Williams averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 24.6 minutes per game in 78 contests (56 starts) last season. The second year player also converted 43.0 percent of his shots from the field and 33.2 percent from beyond the arc.

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