Wolves Open to Trading Top Pick in NBA Draft: Report


The NBA's draft lottery left several teams and their fanbases disappointed -- but the opportunity to move up could reportedly be in the offing.

The Timberwolves are said to be open to entertaining trade offers for the top overall pick in the 2020 draft, which they secured in last month's lottery, according to NBA insider Sam Vecenie.

The Wolves apparently don't see presumed top-three prospects LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards or James Wiseman as an ideal fit. None of those players is considered a can't-miss talent in a relatively weak draft class, and it's not clear any of them could contribute impactful minutes early on for a Wolves squad that will be looking to contend behind young veterans Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and the emergent Malik Beasley.

Instead, Minnesota will accept the best offer for the top pick -- or else draft the best overall player available, the report said. Who they deem as best available, of course, remains to be seen.

The Wolves winning the top pick came as little surprise -- finishing with one of the three worst records in the regular season, they had as good a chance as any of emerging the winner. The Charlotte Hornets and to a lesser extent the Chicago Bulls crashed the party, taking home the third and fourth overall picks, respectively, despite longer odds.

The good fortune of the Hornets and Bulls came at the expense of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks.

Could any of those teams make the jump back into the top three or four? The Knicks in particular were reported to be interested in Ball, though he will likely be long gone by the eighth selection.

Perhaps striking a deal with the Wolves isn't the only way into the top several spots, however. In June it was reported that the Golden State Warriors were interested in Edwards but would also be open to dealing the top pick if they were to acquire it. Instead, the Dubs landed on the second selection -- but does that materially change their thinking?

In any event, it appears there could be plenty of trade chatter leading up to the draft -- whenever it is ultimately held. Last week it was reported the league was weighing postponing the draft, presently scheduled for October 16, as well as free agency and the start of the 2020-21 season after it regroups from the current restart at the bubble site in Orlando, Florida.