Timberwolves Exploring Trade Down From No. 20

The Timberwolves have looked into the possibility of moving down from No. 20 in the draft, according to Jon Krawcyznski and Michael Scotto of The Athletic. League sources tell Krawczynski and Scotto that the Wolves have talked to at least three teams picking below them in the first round about possible deals.

The specific details of those conversations aren’t known. Krawczynski notes that Minnesota may be either looking to pick up an extra selection, as we heard earlier today, or shed some salary. Krawczynski also cautions that the Wolves’ front office has a track record of making a lot of exploratory trade calls, so it’s unclear how serious those discussions might get tonight.

While several scenarios are in play for the Wolves, one would involving attaching the No. 20 pick to Gorgui Dieng, whose contract the club would like to move. Dieng is owed more than $48MM over the next three years, and Minnesota’s roster will start getting expensive with Andrew Wiggins‘ maximum-salary extension set to take effect and a max deal for Karl-Anthony Towns likely to follow in 2019/20.

Still, sources inside and outside of the organization are “skeptical” about the Wolves’ chances of finding much of a market for Dieng, Krawczynski writes.

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5 thoughts on “Timberwolves Exploring Trade Down From No. 20

  1. all in ad

    They have plenty talent. #20 will not play under Thibs. He needs to get these players on the same page. KAT has to get the ball more. Wiggins seems to be malcontent. Big disappointment in Minnesota

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  2. hiflew

    They would have to trade down to around pick #239 in order to equalize value for attaching Dieng to #20. Dieng’s contract is one of the worst in the NBA.

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    • sportsman69

      I would disagree with that. Dieng has the talent to succeed in this league, he is just not a good fit in Minnesota under thibs. I still don’t think they’ll be able to find a home for him, but the man still is talented

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  3. Agree Dieng might be overpaid, but is a good player, I like him is solid & always produces, personally I do prefer him over Taj Gibson, specially I think he plays better with KAT than Taj does, KAT spaces the floor, so he doesn’t need the 4 to do it, Dieng wouldn’t take away as many shots from KAT & he is a defensive wall, freeing KAT from a lot of hard work, so I cannot see the point of having Taj, he ain’t cheap neither, which I have never rated much anyway, personally I do prefer Dieng, he is good.

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