Timberwolves looking to move up to No. 4 with Pelicans

By Vincent Frank
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Outside of Andrew Wiggins potentially being on the block, there has not been many rumors surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The team’s new front office is trying to play everything close to the vest heading into the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday evening.

That didn’t stop this one report from Marc Stein of The NY Times from trickling in mere hours before the draft. Stein notes that Minnesota is looking to move up from the 11th spot to No. 4 overall with the New Orleans Pelicans.

At this point it seems clear that New Orleans is holding an auction for the pick it acquired from Los Angeles in the Anthony Davis trade.

The highest bidder will likely acquire said selection to pick the best player behind the consensus top three of Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and R.J. Barrett.

What exactly would Minnesota have to offer here? Some might say that the above-mentioned Wiggins is its best assets.

Though, common logic seems to suggest that his albatross of a contract and recent regression makes Wiggins a commodity that’s hard to trade.

The Pelicans also acquired fellow forward Brandon Ingram form the Lakers. Wiggins doesn’t seem to be a tremendous fit there.

Minnesota could offer up its unprotected first-round pick next year as a way to entice New Orleans. In turn, that would indirectly help the Pelicans add even more assets from the blockbuster Davis trade.