This from the AP writer in Minneapolis -
“I felt very strongly that it would be good for the team, for our organization, if we had another high pick,” Kahn said Wednesday. “I felt that this was the time to do it with these two players.”
Getting that fifth pick could give the Timberwolves, who are still rebuilding after trading Kevin Garnett(notes) to Boston two years ago, enough assets to trade up even higher in the draft. Multiple scenarios were being discussed, and the Wolves could end up sticking with the fifth and sixth picks, Kahn said. But one thing was certain.
“We will not trade 5 and 6 for 2,” Kahn said. “We will not do that, under no circumstances.”
Kahn is trying to reshape a team that has not made the playoffs since 2004. Coincidentally, that was the last time he was employed in the NBA, with the Indiana Pacers. He left the Pacers and served as owner of several NBDL teams before Minnesota owner Glen Taylor handed him the keys to Target Center, and there is no doubting who is driving the car now.
“This is only the first period of activity that I anticipate over the next 15-16 months,” Kahn said. “No matter what occurs (in the draft Thursday), training camp doesn’t start Friday. We have all summer to continue to explore some opportunities and to address the roster. And three months is a long time.”
These are the Timberwolves, however, so of course all the excitement generated comes with a caveat. Most analysts and experts view the 2009 draft as one of the weakest in recent memory, with even the hottest prospects showing warts.
Kahn doesn’t buy that evaluation.
“I think some of the players, especially at the top of the draft in the vicinity we’re at, could be really helpful,” he said.