The Minnesota Timberwolves have done an amazing job in acquiring numerous picks in the first round of the last couple drafts. Last year, they drafted Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio and had two other picks in the first round, which they traded.
This year, they have multiple first round picks yet again, three to be exact. Once again, they will most likely be looking to trade one or two. Which leads me to what I think the T'Wolves will do with those picks.
Ricky Rubio disappointed Minnesota and much of the NBA league as a whole when he decided to not play in the league last year and instead continue to play for Spain. Some thought it was a good thing for his development and this was proven true since it has been reported that he has indeed improved in areas that needed it the most, such as his long ball shooting.
Minnesota was most definitely looking forward to Rubio coming to join them this year, but Rubio has once again disappointed, saying that he will remain in Spain until 2011. Is he worth all this trouble and waiting for when they could get a good amount of value out of him?
One team that was pretty high on Rubio in last year's draft was the Sacramento Kings. Luckily for them, they went with what turned out to be the better selection in reining R.O.Y., Tyreke Evans.
I, for one, am a huge Kings fan and was extremely hoping we would not pick Rubio and instead draft Evans. The Kings made the right choice and I'm sure are happy they did, but would they try to pursue Rubio now that they have locked up Evans? That is a possibility, especially depending how the pieces fall come draft day.
If they four first selections go Wall, Turner, Favors, and Johnson, like most expect them to go, then the Kings would be wise to contact the T'Wolves about a possible trade. It is widely known about Minnesota's interest in Turner and Philly's increasing interest in both Derrick Favors and Demarcus Cousins. NBA fans could possibly see a three-way deal involving Minnesota, Philly, and Sac come draft day.
In this scenario, the Kings would wait until their selection. If they didn't like what was available, they would offer their pick to Minnesota in return for Rubio and possibly one of Minnesota's second rounders.
Minnesota would then have the flexibility to trade their draft pick at number four, most likely Wesley Johnson, and their newly acquired pick from Sac to Philly, in return for Evan Turner. They would also be able to maintain their 16th overall pick to add another piece, most likely a front court player, if they desired to do so. Philly would get Johnson and most likely draft Cousins with the fifth pick, leaving them even happier than when they were getting just Turner.
This trade allows all teams to be happy. Kings end up coming out of the draft looking good instead of taking a chance on Demarcus Cousins. Philly comes out with two high picks and Minnesota comes away with argueably the best player in the draft plus another mid-first rounder to do with what they wish.
Ricky Rubio most desired team was indeed Sacramento in last year's draft. This fact could cause him to want to play this year and if he doesn't the Kings will end up being one of the worst teams once again next year, but this will allow them to get another high pick the following season to add a player to Rubio for the 2011 season.
Overall, it's a great deal from all sides. Every side gets to look at it as a win-win situation.