In a trade last year involving the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota put their 2014 first-round pick on the line with Phoenix, however the pick is lottery protected. This means that as long as Minnesota finishes with a top-13 pick, then they will keep the rights to that pick.
Although once thought of as a legit contender for one of the last Western Conference playoff spots, the Wolves now sit five and a half games out of the eighth and final spot. Then add on the inconsistencies they’ve experienced all season, and the current slew of injuries to Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin and the lottery is looking more and more like the final destination for the Wolves this season.
If the season were to end today, DraftExpress.com has Minnesota picking in the No. 12 spot, putting them in a position to land an immediate contributor for next season. With weaknesses on the wing at small forward and the question of Kevin Love possibly packing up shop and leaving Minnesota, the T-Wolves need to land a stud who can come in and contribute right away.
Let’s take a look at the five best players for the Timberwolves in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft.