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NBA.Com: Trade Rumors Nothing New For Derrick Williams


With the trade deadline two days away, Williams was asked on Tuesday what would surprise him more - if the Timberwolves would move him or if he stayed in Minnesota.

"I wouldn't be surprised at all either way," he said after the team's first practice following the All-Star break. "I'm just here to play basketball. I've heard trades since the day I got picked. It's nothing new. The first time I heard it, I was a little surprised. It's been a year and a half now, so I wouldn't be surprised either way."

Williams' playing time has been sporadic under head coach Rick Adelman, who has often been frustrated by what he perceives as inconsistent focus from Williams on both ends of the court.

Adelman's dissatisfaction has made Williams the constant subject of trade lists that include the most likely to be moved players.

To Williams' credit, he has thrown himself into extra work after practice and before games to try and carve a niche for himself in Minnesota.

With Kevin Love out because of a broken hand, Williams has been seeing the first consistent playing time of his young career and has responded well on the stat sheet. He is averaging 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds over the past five games and is beginning to look like the confident, aggressive player he was in college at Arizona.