2011 NBA Draft Lottery: Should the Timberwolves Give Up the Number 2 Pick?

John BurkeContributor IMay 30, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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On lottery night, Timberwolves GM David Kahn told the media,

"This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines." 

This was all in response to the Wolves receiving the No. 2 pick in the upcoming June draft. 

The general consensus among basketball scouts is that forward Derrick Williams of Arizona is the clear No. 2 pick in the draft. While Williams is capable of playing either the three or four positions, the Wolves are not in need of a three or a four.

At four, the Wolves have Kevin Love.

Love is not about to ride the pine in place of a rookie, especially after his spectacular season last year. At the three, Michael Beasley is already penciled in as a starter. 

So, with no room for the player that should be drafted at No. 2, it's clear the Wolves need to move the pick. 

Currently, the loudest rumor out there involves the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Detroit Pistons.

In this scenario, the Wolves would be left with picks No. 4 and No. 8 on draft night. The Cavaliers would then take the Wolves' No. 2 selection to add to their No. 1 draft selection.

The current hold up is the Pistons, who are hesitant to not receive any players in this deal, but instead cash considerations. 

But even if this deal does not pan out, the Wolves still need to move the No. 2 pick. 

If they are able to fill the roster with young players over the next couple of seasons, the Wolves could become a power in the Western Conference. 

At this point, it's clear the No. 2 selection has a lot of value for Minnesota. It is likely they will receive two first round picks in return, a very beneficial result for the young team.

It is time for GM David Kahn to make his first intelligent move on draft day and send the No. 2 pick to a team that will benefit from Derrick Williams.