Welcome to today's Timberwolves/NBA draft Live Chat with Jerry Zgoda. He'll be here at noon to answer questions and field comments. You can start leaving them now. Thanks for joining us.
Good afternoon, everybody! Thanks for stopping by today's pre-draft chat. There's lots of interest in Wolves Nation about what Thibs and Scott Layden are going to do with their first draft on the job and lots of questions coming in. So I'll get to as many as I can in an hour...
Too many to mention. I'm sure the number is in the dozens and dozens when you add up the Chicago draft combine, players they've brought to Mpls for workouts and interviews and players they've gone to California (and places elsewhere probably) to see. If he's anything, Thibs is prepared and thorough
No, they're trying to make upgrades, preferably by trading the pick for a player still young enough (mid 20s) but experienced in the league who can help them make a leap.
That's indeed where the draft is going to really start tomorrow night, after Philly takes Simmons and the Lakers take Ingram. Ainge could go any number of ways. Like Thibs, he'd like to trade his pick for a veteran but these guys know that's much easier said done. As far the Wolves care, it all depends if the Celtics pick for themselves and deal the pick for a team that wants to move up and, say, take a point guard like Dunn
Well, they could sign someone for $15 million or year or more but considering all the money that's going to slosh into the salary-cap system soon, I'm not sure that will meet the new definition of the term "splash"
I think Thibs probably is open to trade LaVine but unless something very unusual was offered, I'm pretty certain he sees this team's core as Towns and Wiggins
Dunn is he's there, then Murray probably. Conceivably, they could have their choice of all the guards, but I get the sense Hield is behind Dunn and Murray on their list. Bender's the other interesting possibility but I doubt they take him unless they trade down, which is possible
Different in that he's projected to be an elite on-the-ball defender, which Ricky isn't. Ricky's a great team defender and uses his length in the passing lanes but NBA execs and scouts see Dunn as becoming a lockdown one-on-one defender, and soon. But yes, that's what it would signal. Not necessarily immediately but eventually for sure
I'd be surprised if Thibs has much interest, but they do have the Team USA connection
Guys like Butler, Middleton, Ibaka, etc.
I'd try to trade the pick for D'Angelo Russell, but that's just me
hmmmm, great minds think alike
You mean Thibs' commitment as an assistant coach? I think it can only help, particularly with free agents, probably not now but maybe some day
Yes, but they'd probably only consider it if they could Dunn and even then, it might have to be a bigger deal than that
No you're not missing something, but that's a pretty big something given Thibs' intentions and the Wolves' situation
Well, they've have to make some moves because they don't have any picks other than the fifth overall. But tough-minded guys who'll play defense, like Bentil or Brogdon (if that's the right name and spelling?) from Virginia
Because it's not in Thibs' nature to play for three years' down the road. That's a long long time in a coach's life
I wouldn't say he's struck out on any of them, not sure if he ever took a swing at Griffin before he went to OKC. Lots of guys are reluctant to make moves until after the draft, we'll see what happens then
You say Tanguy, I can say Targuy, let's call this whole thing off...They do have rights to overseas guys but none that are viable to be ready to play here now, as far as I know. Bjelica was the notable one in the pipeline and he's here.
I get the impression they'd prefer Dunn, Murray, maybe even Bender first
Certainly possible, but not a great shooter and maybe a little too much like Wiggins? But he's the kind of defensive player Thibs likes