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Minnesota could trade No. 1 pick with Lakers for veteran player

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One important rule to remember in life is that nothing is set in stone. That is especially true when it comes to draft rumors. But is it still fun to speculate.

According to Chad Ford, the Minnesota Timberwolves are willing to trade the No. 1 pick for the No. 2 pick from the Lakers. The Wolves have expressed interest in selecting Jahlil Okafor over Towns, and know the Lakers want Towns over Okafor.

The plan as it is currently known is that the trade would be made in exchange for an unknown veteran player.

The important thing is that Karl would be paired with Kentucky’s Julius Randle, giving the two an opportunity to repair a broken Lakers team as rookies together. Of course the two were seen out on the town yesterday afternoon by TMZ.

Wishful thinking.

(h/t ChinaTopix)

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Article written by Courtney Hessler

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12 Comments for Minnesota could trade No. 1 pick with Lakers for veteran player



  1. wu slang
    12:05 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    It looks like Dallas is going to trade former great (and usually a turd) Rondo to LA too. Rondo to Towns would be fun…..and on basic cable unlike Cousins and Davis



  2. Chase
    12:08 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    I don’t understand. Why would the Lakers trade a veteran player to move up one spot to pick Towns when the Wolves aren’t going to pick him anyway if they are more interested in Okafor?



    • Courtney Hessler
      12:13 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

      Rumors say that the Lakers are more interested in Towns while the Wolves want Okafor. The Lakers wouldn’t want to miss a chance to get Towns and have said they are willing to make the trade.



  3. DTuck
    12:37 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    Minnesota likely telling Lakers they would either pick Towns in front of them or trade their pick to a team below them, putting pressure on the Lakers.



    • Chase
      2:36 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

      Makes sense. Smart move by the Wolves



    • Angelo
      4:56 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

      That explains it



  4. preston
    1:11 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    To me the Lakers shoulda done what Jordan did. When he told media that he would pick thomas robinson over Michael-Kidd Ghilcrist. Ghillie fell right to the bobcats. Cause Jordan was picking Ghilcrist the whole time. Lol Lakers shoulda said they wanted Okafor. n talked Okafor up so good that Minnesota used Okafor as a pawn instead of Towns. Let them trade Okafor all they want. Then they coulda had a free path to Towns..



  5. preston
    1:16 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    I know its a buisness, but its sad to see them play with towns like this.. pick the kid or don’t pick him. Minnesota gna still suck anyway. N what do they care anyway that Lakers want towns? They not gna give lakers a run anyway. So let Lakers have towns. Maybe bc I want towns n randle on same team. Wishful thinking.



  6. Red River Saga
    2:19 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    Would Towns going to LA mean I have to like the Lakers now? lol



  7. Angelo
    4:02 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    It is incredible what Cal has done in six years. Already has multiple dominant NBA players.



  8. Kycager
    5:14 pm June 6, 2015 Permalink

    Cal to the Lakers!



  9. Genius
    6:38 am June 7, 2015 Permalink

    MKG didn’t exactly “fall” to the Bobcats, since they took him with the SECOND pick. Jordan probably would have been smart to drop a couple spots and still have MKG and an additional asset. Also this isn’t “toying” with Towns. They like Okafor for what they envision their team being/becoming, they however recognize the fact they’d be taking the #2 player with the #1 pick. They’re just trying to get proper value for the number one slot.

    Also don’t see the Wolves being able to leverage the Lakers with letting another team take Towns #1. That means the Wolves have to drop outta the top 2 and don’t get Towns or Okafor…that is not happening. Lakers could call their bluff, but will take the trade because between now and the draft Wolves could change their mind and take Towns…that’s why the deal gets done if it does. If no trade by draft night, could honestly see LA giving Minnesota the right to swap picks in a future draft and a 2nd rd pick.