Derrick Williams isn’t requesting a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. At least not yet. The disgruntled second-year forward is surely unhappy with his minutes but is going to wait it out for now.
His agent, Rob Pelinka, has reportedly voiced his opinion to the Wolves about his client’s displeasure with the situation, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.
This isn’t anything new for D-Will, though. Last February, the former No. 2 overall pick voiced his dissatisfaction, according to Wolfson, who cited a tweet by Williams that asked, “Anybody ever felt like a caged lion?”
Pelinka isn’t ready to outright request a trade, Wolfson said. But he has put the Wolves on notice that there is a possibility that request may be coming in the near future.
Let’s take an early look at some teams who could come calling if that request comes to be.
Michael Jordan’s Bobcats could definitely use another young and potentially explosive scorer on their roster. The team has some very good pieces in place but is definitely lacking a viable scoring option from either forward position.
D-Will could eventually provide the team with its top scoring option. How far down the line are the ‘Cats willing to look in order to procure a potential top talent? They’ve been patient with their rebuilding process, and it probably wouldn’t surprise anyone to see them make a play for Williams.
The Wolves have reportedly been involved in ongoing discussion for a trade that would send Nikola Pekovic and D-Will to the L.A. Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol. Those talks happened frequently over the summer, and Minnesota will likely continue to work towards that deal, according to Wolfson.
Los Angeles could definitely use the potential scoring help Williams would provide. However, the move would widely be seen as helping the team more in the future than immediately. Would the Lakers be willing to make such a move with Kobe Bryant’s career beginning to enter its final stretch?
The Washington Wizards were reportedly very high on Williams before the 2011 NBA Draft. So high on him that they were interested in trading up in order to secure the former Arizona forward, according to a CBS Sports Eye on Basketball report in 2011. Those reports never came to fruition, and the Wiz ended up selecting forward Jan Vesely with the sixth pick.
Washington’s rebuilding efforts seem to be a never-ending process, but the addition of a young scorer like D-Will could help the team. The Wizards are currently 29th in the NBA in points per game with just 90.7 each contest.