Wolves Wheeling and Dealing
As far as the Timberwolves are concerned, a couple of under-the-radar deals have changed their lineup in advance of Wednesday's tilt.
|Leaving the T'Wolves||Joining the T'Wolves|
|PG Mo Williams||PG Gary Neal|
|PF Troy Daniels||PF Adreian Payne|
|1st Round Draft Pick (lottery protected, 2017*)||2nd Round Draft Pick (2019 via Miami Heat)|
*draft pick will stay protected through 2020. Additional details not yet reported.
The two name players involved are both mercenaries on expiring contracts (Mo Williams, Gary Neal). The key piece for the future is Adreian Payne, a young power forward who was buried on the Atlanta Hawks bench to this point. He won't be the most important Wolves forward to watch tonight, however.
Last year's first overall draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, will be on full display. In his last fifteen games, the Canadian sensation has averaged a robust 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists on 44.9% shooting from the field. Further, the rookie has finished at a robust 63.8% in the restricted area, an excellent figure for a young slasher on a lottery team.
At 11-41, the Timberwolves are clearly a work in progress. But despite that, they can pound the offensive glass and get to the line with the NBA's best. That combination should have the Warriors on high alert, especially if they are indeed without Draymond Green. The halfway break is almost here, but the Dubs will have to step up their game if they want to enter the midway break on a high note.