NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Scenarios Between Pacers and Timberwolves

Camden PaschAnalyst IIMay 25, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Potential Scenarios Between Pacers and Timberwolves

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    The rumors that the Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to shop the second pick in next month's draft have been spreading like wildfire.

    Minnesota may be shopping the pick due to their feeling that they have no player of need within the lottery this year. The player expected by many to be available at pick No. 2 is forward Derrick Williams out of Arizona. With Michael Beasley and Kevin Love already on-roster as the two starting forwards, Williams could be used as trade bait to grab other teams interest in trading for the pick.

    The latest rumor includes Indiana Pacers franchise player Danny Granger.

    Granger has been the face of the Pacer franchise and the unquestioned leader of the team ever since the 2007-08 season. Trading him away would hurt the Pacers fanbase but could potentially nab them a player of superstar quality. This move would certainly be risky for Indiana, but almost every move in the NBA can be.

    Here are five potential trades in which Granger is shipped off to Minnesota. 

Danny Granger for No. 2 Pick, Jonny Flynn and Martell Webster

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: SF Danny Granger 

    Indiana Pacers Receive: No. 2 Overall Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, PG Jonny Flynn and SF Martell Webster

    The Pacers and Timberwolves make this trade in an attempt for the Pacers to grab the second pick in the draft and the Wolves to acquire a very talented, star-worthy player to play alongside Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.

    Indiana would then likely draft Derrick Williams with the No. 2 pick, as long as the Cleveland Cavaliers passed on drafting him with their top pick. Williams has the superstar potential that may entice the Pacers on drafting him and he would be a younger replacement for Granger.

    Flynn would be given another opportunity to be a starter on an NBA team, as he would battle Darren Collison for the starting point guard role. Collison didn't play as the Pacers thought he would when they acquired him, so Flynn could either win the starting job or motivate Collison to play better.

    Webster is added in this deal to make the team's payroll work out. He could even get more minutes in Indiana coming off the bench to spell the starting small forward. 

    Minnesota adds one more piece to the puzzle with the acquisition of Granger. Granger would play the opposite wing position from Beasley. He brings his good defense, proven scoring ability and veteran leadership to a young team that desperately needs it.   

Danny Granger and No. 15 Pick for No. 2 Pick and Ricky Rubio

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: SF Danny Granger and Pacers' 2011 First Round Pick (15) 

    Indiana Pacers Receive: No. 2 Overall Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and PG Ricky Rubio's rights

    Ricky Rubio's name has been a hot name involved in the recent trade rumors dealing with the Pacers and Timberwolves. It's possible that Indiana is disappointed in how their starting point guard Darren Collison played in his first year with the team and is already looking for a better replacement.

    Though it is surprising to see Rubio's name involved for two reasons. The first being that there was a decent chance that Rubio joined Minnesota next season—whenever that may be. The second reason is due to Indiana not being one of the larger markets, and rumor had it that Rubio didn't want to play in Minnesota because of the same reason. Regardless, it's understandable as to why Indiana would request him in the trade.

    Granger would be the key component in this deal for the Wolves. They need an older, more experienced player in their lineup, and Granger is that and much more. He would likely be scoring option number two or three behind Kevin Love and Michael Beasley.

Danny Granger and No. 15 Pick for No. 2 Pick and Michael Beasley

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: SF Danny Granger and Pacers' 2011 First Round Pick (15)

    Indiana Pacers Receive: No. 2 Overall Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and SF Michael Beasley

    This deal is one of the more disappointing trade rumors that have been floating around out there. Disappointing in that the Timberwolves would be dealing away Beasley, a young star-in-the-making for a good, not great, replacement player in Granger, who has topped off in terms of potential.

    The forward positions certainly would look impressive on paper for the Timberwolves having both Kevin Love and Granger as the starters. Granger would be a defensive upgrade over the current starting small forward Beasley while also bringing the same offensive production.

    The Pacers would acquire Beasley and use him as their younger, less expensive and new starting small forward. This would mean Arizona forward Derrick Williams would be off their radar in terms of drafting him with that No. 2 pick they would receive in the deal. Indiana would then likely look to draft a point guard with the pick, whether it was Duke's Kyrie Irving, Kentucky's Brandon Knight or Connecticut's Kemba Walker.

Danny Granger and Darren Collison for No. 2 Pick, Jonny Flynn, & Martell Webster

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: SF Danny Granger and PG Darren Collison

    Indiana Pacers Receive: No. 2 Overall Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, PG Jonny Flynn and SF Martell Webster

    In this deal, secondary elements of the trade happen to be point guards who haven't much success, if any at all, on their respective teams.

    Collison, after being acquired from the Hornets in a four-team trade, came into the 2010-11 season as a highly thought of, young and quality point guard prospect. Though, he disappointed many when he only averaged 13.2 points, 5.1 assists and a not-so-good 2.5 turnovers per game. The "right" thing to do would be to give him at least one more year to turn it around and give him another chance to perform better next season, but as most people know, the NBA is a "what can you do for me now?" type league.

    The former Minnesota lottery pick Flynn hasn't had the career he envisioned when he came out of Syracuse. After an OK rookie season, Flynn had surgery to repair a labral tear injury to only come back and under-perform for his sophomore season. Averaging just 5.3 points and 3.4 assists per game coming off the bench, Flynn has lost his future with the Timberwolves as a starting point guard.

    With the two point guards swapping teams, they gain a new opportunity to win over NBA fans and the teams involved. A change of scenery may be what both of the young players need.

    Granger would be sent to Minnesota to supply them with a scoring weapon and veteran wing player while the Timberwolves lottery pick is sent to Indiana. With that pick, the Pacers draft the player they most likely covet, Derrick Williams. 

Danny Granger and Two First Round Picks for No. 2 Pick, Michael Beasley & Rubio

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    Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: SF Danny Granger, Pacers' 2011 First Round Pick (15) and Pacers' 2012 First Round Pick

    Indiana Pacers Receive: No. 2 Overall Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, SF Michael Beasley and PG Ricky Rubio's rights

    This deal would certainly be a blockbuster deal, with well-known names being sent to different teams. Beasley would move to his third different team (Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers) in three years despite being a very intriguing small forward prospect. Rubio would be dealt before he even stepped foot on an NBA court as a Timberwolves player. Granger being sent to Minnesota, though, is the main part of this deal.

    The Timberwolves would be trading away a player in Beasley  who shined in his only season with Minnesota. Averaging 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, Beasley was a very good scorer and a great teammate. Including him in this deal would hurt solely on the fact that he was successful as a Timberwolf and that he's only 22 years old. 

    Rubio also being included in the deal is what general manager David Kahn probably does not want to do. At some point, though, if he realizes that he cannot sign the young Spanish point guard to play in Minnesota, then it would be time to trade his rights and get an impactful player like that of Granger.

    Since Beasley and Rubio were both high lottery picks in their own respective drafts, Indiana would need to throw in their first round pick in this year's draft while also giving the Wolves their first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. The Wolves currently do not have a first round pick for next year's draft, so gaining that pick through this trade would definitely be a positive part to the deal for Kahn and 
    the Timberwolves.