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Dubs in-depth: James Wiseman reportedly doesn’t want to go No. 1

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ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says the big man has no desire to go to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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The 2020 NBA Draft is just 16 days away and one of the top prospects is reportedly not thrilled with the idea of going first overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Memphis big man James Wiseman doesn’t want to go to Minnesota, which could set the stage for him to go No. 2 to the Golden State Warriors.

Windhorst appeared on The Scoop with Doggie podcast and shared what he is hearing from his league sources (h/t Dave Monaco of Clutch Points):

‘“Wiseman does not want to come to Minnesota because Karl Towns is there,” said Windhorst. “From what I understand, Wiseman doesn’t even want to do anything with the Wolves.”

With Karl-Anthony Towns on the roster, it makes sense that Wiseman wouldn’t want go to the Timberwolves. No team in the NBA is using two prototypical big men in their lineup, so it is hard to imagine Minnesota using its selection on Wiseman.

The other variable is the Dubs. All of the top prospects would love to join a team that already has Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the roster. Assuming everyone stays healthy, the Warriors will be back in the playoffs next season. There would be no pressure on the pick to come in and be the face of the franchise.

Plus, who wouldn’t want to play in the Bay Area over being in Minnesota throughout the winter.


On to some links:

College coaches always try and pump up their players heading into the draft. Memphis Tigets head coach Penny Hardaway is no different. He spoke to NBC Bay Area’s Monte Poole and says Wiseman is a great fit with the Dubs.

If Golden State passes on Wiseman at No. 2, it could look for a center via trade. Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report came up with a deal that would see the Dubs land a big man from the Eastern Conference.

How will the Warriors’ draft board differ from other teams? Forbes’ Patrick Murray does a deep dive on how Golden State’s brass could approach the draft.

Could the Dubs make a move to acquire the ideal wing for their roster? The Warriors are reportedly interested in Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (Larry Brown Sports)