NBA Draft 2011 Trade Rumors: Jonny Flynn and No. 2 for DeMar DeRozan and No. 5?

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 7, 2011

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There has been much chatter around the basketball world about who will be the winners of the Minnesota Timberwolves' apparent "lottery" for the No. 2 pick.

Today, there is a new twist in the sweepstakes: Supposedly, the Toronto Raptors will try to acquire the pick and point guard Jonny Flynn in exchange for the fifth pick and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan.

According to Hoopsworld, the two teams have been in discussion of the trade and it could end up happening.

The shooting guard position is one of the T'Wolves' glaring weaknesses. If DeRozan brought his athleticism, shooting abilities and solid all-around game to the team, he would undoubtedly flourish in that role. He can flat out put up big numbers on the scoreboard too, as displayed by his average of 17.2 points per game last season.

In turn, the Raps would acquire a decent point guard who didn't necessarily find a niche in Minnesota but could discover it elsewhere. They also grab hold of perhaps the draft's biggest prize in Derrick Williams, whom they would undoubtedly select with the pick.

I like the trade because I think it signifies that we are serious in acquiring a legitimate 2. In addition, it's not like we relinquish a high draft pick altogether with the swap. Heck, even Enes Kanter might still be available with the selection.

How awesome would a Rubio/DeRozan/Beasley/Love/Kanter starting five be for next season?

Even better, we'd have Anthony Randolph, Wesley Johnson and Darko Milicic as the first three men off the bench.

Suddenly, we look a little deeper.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have made it known that they are looking towards the future, and this trade would just be one more big step to relevancy.


Joseph Fafinski is a Minnesota Timberwolves and NBA Featured Columnist on Bleacher Report.

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