According to this report last year's #2 overall pick, Derrick Williams, is on Minnesota's trading block along with veteran PG Luke Ridnour.
Williams was somewhat underwhelming during his rookie season for the Timberwolves, averaging 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in just over 20 minutes per game, while only shooting 41% from the field and 29% from deep (Basketball-reference). The article further mentions that with the emergence of rookie phenom Ricky Rubio, the presence of JJ Barea and new addition Brandon Roy at the 2 guard spot, Luke Ridnour has become expendable as well.
According to the report Minnesota has been linked to Anderson Varajao this off season and I have seen that rumor in other places as well throughout this off season. It's clear to me that they are looking for a defensive bigman next to Kevin Love.
Why is this interesting to us?
Well, we all know that it takes multiple All Star's to compete for a championship and as of now, the Wizards only have one clear potential All Star in John Wall. Hopefully Beal will show some star potential next season and of course our BF fan-favorite Kevin Seraphin will continue to develop as well. However, to the objective eye, the Wizards young core doesn't look overwhelmingly impressive and the primary reason NBA pundits are pencilling in the Wizards as a potential low seeded playoff team is the recent additions of Nene, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.
Derrick Williams wasn't exactly my favorite prospect in the 2011 class, but at the time many of us thought he had obvious All Star potential and some were even willing to trade McGee and our #6 pick for him. Those early trade rumors surrounding the 2nd pick even before the draft and the bench role the Timberwolves had carved out for Williams thereafter leads me to believe that he never really was wanted in Minnesota or a particularly good fit for their roster. Love logging close to 40 mpg at Williams' best postion (PF) didn't help much either. I recon he still has that All Star potential and he could be a good fit for us too as he can can be on the business end of many a John Wall alley oop pass and spread the floor as a stretch 4. As for Ridnour, he is a more experienced and more reliable backup to Wall than either Price or Mack and his 3pt range allow's him to play alongside Wall as well, spreading the floor (and further pushing Crawford down the depth chart, much to my personal liking).
The Timberwolves are looking for a defensive bigman to play alongside Kevin Love as they are gunning for the playoffs this year and with our pletora of bigmen, we can afford to spare at least one. I think a package of Okafor and one of Singleton, Vesely, Booker could get the trick done.
Both Williams and Ridnour would be great additions for the Wizards and it also allow's Nene to go back to the center position, where he is most effective.
What do you think, would you want our Wizards to trade for Derrick Williams and Luke Ridnour?
Yes please! (132 votes)
Yes, but not at the cost of Okafor AND a prospect (specify your trade idea) (30 votes)
Just Williams (62 votes)
Just Ridnour (6 votes)
I don't wan't either (36 votes)
266 total votes