Minnesota Timberwolves Rumors: Multiple Scenarios Discussed With Cleveland Cavaliers for Number One Pick

By Ryan Heckman


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With the 2013 NBA Draft one week away, the Minnesota Timberwolves are now experiencing crunch time when it comes to their wanting to get a deal done. So far, they have explored a number of different options regarding their draft position and in trying to move up from number nine overall.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of their more familiar potential partners in the process, as the Wolves have talked with Cleveland about a couple of scenarios in particular.

The first scenario came immediately after the Draft Lottery was set. According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Minnesota had received interest from the Cavaliers in forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers reportedly offered the number one overall pick in exchange for Love. It is not clear if there were any other parts of the deal, but that was the end result in mind.

Those talks did not get very far, but recently there were reports of the two teams again discussing a deal that would send forward Derrick Williams to the Cavaliers along with the number nine overall pick in exchange for the first overall pick. This deal, like the previous one, did not get done either.

With seven days to go, will the Timberwolves and Cavaliers have any more discussions? It is absolutely a possibility. The Cavaliers have seemed more and more willing lately to listen to offers from other teams in respect to their top pick. Minnesota has also appeared to be actively involved in looking at all of their trade options as well.

Whether a deal gets done or not, Minnesota is sitting well at the moment with four picks – two in each round. In the first round they of course have the ninth overall selection as well as number 26. Any time you get a chance to bring in two first round selections, your team is in pretty good shape as far as the Draft is concerned.

At number nine overall, Minnesota is likely looking at a couple of guys like Cody Zeller, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or C.J. McCollum. Out of those three, McCollum could be the most interesting pick as he is a lethal scorer. Will the Wolves settle with number nine, though? Or will they move up courtesy of another team, say, the Cavs?

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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