Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: Tyson Chandler for Derrick Williams Being Discussed

By Ryan Heckman


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One of the hottest topics for the Minnesota Timberwolves this offseason has been that of free agent Nikola Pekovic and whether or not he will return to the team. The Wolves have the decision to make regarding whether or not to re-sign the promising center and if they decide not to, it will likely be due to a plan already in place.

What could that plan be? Well, according to a few rumors circulating the NBA world lately, the New York Knicks may be sending center Tyson Chandler to Minnesota in exchange for forward Derrick Williams and guard Luke Ridnour.

Chandler would give the Wolves an immediate elite defender down low to match with the ever so efficient rebounder Kevin Love. He is one of the most efficient players in the league, typically giving you around 60 percent scoring from the field, double digit rebounds and a couple of blocks every night.

What could be more exciting than point guard Ricky Rubio throwing lobs to Chandler at Target Center? Well, for the Wolves, that would be as exciting as it has gotten in recent years. The club hasn’t been to the playoffs in quite some time, and Chandler would certainly help that cause.

With Chandler, Love and Rubio the Wolves would have a star-studded core to build around for the near future in order to try and make a playoff run. Adding additional talent through the NBA Draft will also contribute to that goal, as the team has four picks, two in each round.

If the Wolves and Knicks wind up getting this deal done, I would say Minnesota absolutely makes out much better. The Knicks are said to like the potential of Williams, but Minnesota has seen two years of inconsistent play and would gladly welcome a sure thing.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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