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Trade negotiations and unpredictability at the top of the draft board projects a night unhinged

 
Posted June 26th, 2014 @ 3:57pm

By Joe Perovich | KFAN Productions Intern

Trade negotiations surrounding Timberwolves PF Kevin Love have scripted the summer in an unforeseen sort of way.

The 2014 NBA draft pool is deep, but not deep enough to eliminate the facades and landmines available for Flip Saunders to select at the 13th overall pick.

But what if the Timberwolves are not selecting for themselves? Draft-day trades cannot be announced until after the first round, per NBA rules.

What we do know: NBA commissioner Adam Silver will announce a name at No. 13. Which organization will own that player’s rights when Friday morning arrives is the mystery.

Monday, ESPN’s Chad Ford reported the Timberwolves and Warriors have agreed on a Love-Martin/Thompson-Lee deal in principle. The reason for the continuous staring match happening between both teams, he said, was a failure to agree on whether the No. 13 pick, Harrison Barnes and J.J. Barea would be included in the deal.

A deal with the Warriors is time flexible, but it’s important to remember that one of the hang-ups between the two teams was the No. 13 overall pick. If the name called out at No. 13 is a point guard, and more incriminating, a center, let the suspicion fly.

Warriors backup center Festus Ezeli was unavailable last season for Golden State because of knee surgery. Additionally, another one of their big men, Jermaine O’Neal, is mulling retirement.

If the name called out at No. 13 is Jusuf Nurkic, a 6-foot-11 center from Bosnia, it may be time to get suspicious. Will Nurkic play overseas next season? Nobody thought the Milwaukee Bucks first round pick in 2013, Giannis Antetokounmpo, would be available to Bucks from the outset. There are not many centers projected to go high in this year’s draft, and where Nurkic plays next year may be heavily influenced by whatever team owns his rights.

Minnesota needs help at point guard, but most project it will bolster its wing play at No. 13.

Considering that, and the fact that the Warriors will need to address backup point guard with the inevitable departure of Steve Blake, I wouldn’t take a possible scenario of Minnesota selecting a point guard No. 13 at face value.

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