NBA draft rumors: ‘Wolves seeking another first-round pick?

Though the Minnesota Timberwolves own the first overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft, the team may not be done right then and there. According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, GM Flip Saunders may be looking to acquire another first round pick.

ESPN’s Darren Wolfson is reporting that Minnesota has spoken with Houston about acquiring the No. 18 pick and that the Rockets like point guard Ricky Rubio, but nothing is developing on that front yet.

It’s also hard to see Houston wanting Rubio in head coach Kevin McHale’s fast-paced system, particularly since he is a pass-first point guard who has never been a consistent shooter/scorer. Moreover, the team already has a point man in restricted free agent to-be Patrick Beverley, and he too is inconsistent in the scoring department and not a particularly strong passer.

Thus, it’s hard to see a deal for Rubio happening since he isn’t at all ideal for a run-and-gun game. This is also probably why the Wolves haven’t talked to the Dallas Mavericks, who have a glaring hole at the point and own the No. 21 pick.

However, it should be noted that Dallas is likely about to lose center Tyson Chandler to free agency, and Minnesota has two centers in Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng that may become expendable tonight if Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor is selected by Minnesota with the first pick.

Thus, either could be moved to Dallas in exchange for a draft pick since both have talent as well as starting experience.

This is all pure speculation at this point and the draft is still a few hours away, but Campus Sports will update any and all draft rumors as the countdown to the 2015 NBA Draft continues.

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John Calipari lights candles at church for Kentucky prospects
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