Trade With OKC Thunder- Timberwolves acquire Wilkins and Atkins.

[Ed. Front-paged since it had the most comments among all three trade threads]


The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has traded center Etan Thomas and two future second-round draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for 6-6 guard Damien Wilkins and 5-11 guard Chucky Atkins.

"We're committed towards rebuilding our roster with an eye towards flexibility and long-term success, and this move better positions us for the summer," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "I want to thank Etan for his professionalism and understanding, and wish him all the best moving forward."

Wilkins joins the Wolves after spending each of his five previous NBA seasons with the Thunder franchise, where he signed as a free agent after going undrafted in the 2004 NBA Draft. In 310 career games, Wilkins has averaged 7.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

A 10-year NBA veteran, Atkins went undrafted out of the University of South Florida before signing with Orlando in 1999. In 655 career games with Orlando, Detroit, Boston, L.A. Lakers, Washington, Memphis, Denver and Oklahoma City, Atkins has averaged 10.2 points and 3.5 assists per game. Atkins was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1999 and also played on the gold-medal-winning U.S. National Team at the 1995 World University Games.

Thomas, acquired by the Wolves on June 24, has appeared in 373 games over his seven-year career. The 6-9 center owns career averages if 6.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Thomas was originally selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 12th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.

5-11 Chucky Atkins will probably be our veteran PG somewhat like Kevin Ollie was last year. Atkins has been a very good player in some years, with his best season being for the Lakers in 04-05. He's a good playmaker and he has a decent shot.

Damien Wilkins has time to improve his skills at age 29 although he hasn't shown much improvement over his career. He gives us a third SF, along with Ryan Gomes and Corey Brewer. Damien isn't a great shooter of any kind. Not a good 3pt shooter, 2pt shooter, FT shooter...

Etan Thomas wouldn't do that much for our team, probably somewhat like Jason Collins, so I'm completely fine with this trade. We could have done something with our 2nd round picks, but I think it's fine to give those up.