The Timberwolves – What Could Have Been

By: 06.29.09  •  29 Comments

I’m confused. I’m going to write this rumor off as not true, but I’ll break it down anyway. Our boys over at have the following story on their homepage right now:

“The Knicks offered the Timberwolves the eighth pick and forward Wilson Chandler for the fifth selection in last week’s NBA Draft. Minnesota declined, and used the fifth overall pick on Ricky Rubio. Reports indicate that New York would have used the selection on Rubio, not Stephen Curry.”

Can’t be true right? If so, the Wolves passed up coming away in the draft with Stephen Curry at the 6th pick, Jonny Flynn at the 8th pick (the Warriors didn’t workout Flynn and had no intention of taking him) AND landing Wilson Chandler.

That would have given the Wolves a lineup of:

C: Al Jefferson
PF: Kevin Love
SF: Wilson Chandler
SG: Stephen Curry
PG: Jonny Flynn

Bench – Wayne Ellington, Corey Brewer, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Etan Thomas, Craig Smith, and Songalia.

They wouldn’t have made the playoffs, but they would have had one of the nicer young rosters in the NBA. Instead, they’re in this PR mess with Rubio. So I’ll say it again – This trade rumor can’t be true… right?

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