Draft Update: Timberwolves select Dunn, Rubio on his way out?
Tonight’s night wasn’t as fun (or stressful) for Wolves fans as Boston Celtics fans, but there’s certainly plenty to talk ab….WAIT
Let’s start with the basics: With the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Timberwolves have selected All-American Providence product Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick in the draft.
Trade talks ran rampant the seconds leading up to this selection, with reports coming from all over that Chicago and Philadelphia were desperately trying to trade for the fifth selection, presumably to select Dunn.
The proposed traded, per all over Twitter (mainly from Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc Stein, Jon Krawczynski, and Shams Charania) were:
Philadelphia sends: Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, 2 late firsts
Minnesota sends: #5 overall pick
Chicago sends: Jimmy Butler
Minnesota sends: Ricky Rubio, #5 overall pick (Bulls reportedly rejected, as they wanted Zach LaVine)
Ultimately, Tom Thibodeau decided keeping Dunn was the best move to make.
Kris Dunn has a strong, NBA-ready body, with a good offensive feel for the game and an already-strong defensive presence. His perimeter shooting is a bit suspect, but his athleticism is definite. The questions are there, but there’s a lot to like about this kid.
Minnesota has been shopping Ricky Rubio throughout the week. His future in Minnesota is likely coming to an end.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 24, 2016
For better or for worse (in my opinion, for worse), this seems to be happening. With the selection of Dunn, it seems as though the first big move Tom Thibodeau wants to make is changing the dynamic at starting point guard. This is backed by a tweet from back in May by Chicago based (formerly MN-based) Steve Aschburner.
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 20, 2016
We’ll see what happens. The draft is a crazy time, and a bunch could change within the seconds that I hit “Publish”.