After a couple weeks of speculation regarding forward Derrick Williams, the Minnesota Timberwolves appear not likely to trade the former number two overall pick.
The team has been rumored to have talked to the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading up in the 2013 NBA Draft, which would have involved Williams being shipped out. According to the Star Tribune, owner Glen Taylor has shut that door:
“There are teams that have called us and asked us if we are going to trade him, but I think that everybody saw the same thing that you saw, including the coach (Rick Adelman),” Taylor said.
“Once we got him out on the floor and he had a chance to play, he started to play better. We have to remember that he still a very young man and a player that has a lot of potential. So we may trade somebody on our team, but it’s not going to be [him], unless it really would help our team.”
Okay, so the door isn’t completely shut. Unless the move would really help the team, Williams is safe in Minnesota. I agree, the young guy did show a lot of promise last season when given ample playing time.
However, he did show much inconsistency at times as well. I guess that comes with being a young player still developing his game at the professional level. But, as a number two overall pick you would expect this third year to be a make or break type of season for Williams.
If he doesn’t pan out this year alongside the tandem of Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, I would guess Williams is as good as gone next season. For now, it looks as though he has one more shot.