NBA Draft 2011: Minnesota Timberwolves Stay the Course, Select Derrick Williams

Joe PetruloCorrespondent IIIJune 23, 2011

TULSA, OK - MARCH 18:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts to a play against the Memphis Tigers during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 18, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have finally made a safe move in an NBA Draft.

With the second-overall pick, they have selected Derrick Williams out of Arizona.

Williams joins a youthful roster, including Michael Beasley and Kevin Love, who play the two positions that Williams can play.

If Beasley can accept a sixth-man role, Williams could be a perfect fit in Minnesota.

It is possible that Minnesota will look to trade the pick tonight, or in the future after the upcoming lockout ends.

Minnesota has been fielding offers incessantly over the past few weeks, hoping to acquire a solid veteran for the second pick.

Now that Williams has been selected by Minnesota, his future is unclear.

The Timberwolves are expected to continue to field offers throughout the night, but if a new offer that they have not yet received does not come to the table, he will remain in Minnesota for next season.

Andy Katz has reported they will keep the selection, but David Kahn is not the type to sit back and decline negotiations.

Next season, the Timberwolves need to win.

Kahn could be out of a job if he does not. Williams is probably the best available NBA-ready player in this draft.

He will look to make an impact for Minnesota next season and help them approach 30 wins.

It may not sound like a lot, but in Minnesota, 30 wins is a big step.