Wizards Reportedly Trading No. 5 Selection to Timberwolves
A deal is close to closing that has the Timberwolves sending Mike Miller and Randy Foye to the Washington Wizards for the No. 5 selection in Thursday's draft, Oleksiy Pecherov, Darius Songaila, and Etan Thomas.
This leaves the Wolves with both the fifth and sixth picks in the draft, setting them up to make a huge splash on Thursday. That's right in line with what new general manager David Kahn has hinted he's been trying to accomplish. The question from there is whether he's done wheeling and dealing, or if the 5 and 6 are just a setup for something else. The Sports Illustrated report indicates they're planning on keeping both picks, but with under 48 hours to go, it's possible Minnesota may have something else planned. And if not, a foundation is being built in Minnesota that no longer rests on a single ticket, but a total package.
For Washington, the pick held little value for them, as they need to cash in on what they have now in the Big 3. They needed shooters and backup guards, and Foye and Miller fill those needs to a T. Throw in the long term financial relief and you can see the value in this for Washington, even if it's the less flashy of the two options.
Things are afoot in the NBA heading into Thursday's draft.