May 17, 2011
Despite having the most lottery balls, Minnesota ends up with the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It all but leads to the Timberwolves either drafting Derrick Williams or trading the pick.
May 19, 2011
Royce Young of CBS’ Eye on Basketball with a nice take on why Rubio and Beasley were involved:
I can’t say that I quite understand why Rubio and Beasley were also included in the deal, but hey, it’s David Kahn and I’m not going to start posing questions that have no answers.
However, Kahn all but laughed off the rumors:
Kahn via text on the Minny/Indy rumor: "You mean we don't have to give them (Kevin) Love too?"—
Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNFL) May 19, 2011
Talks between the two teams would continue though. Oh yes, they would.
June 21, 2011
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reports more discussions between the Pacers and Timberwolves:
With an eye on drafting Arizona’s Derrick Williams, the Indiana Pacers have discussed a package including center Roy Hibbert (notes) and the 15th pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ second overall pick, league sources said. Nevertheless, the overture hasn’t gained traction in Minnesota.
Thinking results-oriented leaves me dizzy, but 2011 Roy Hibbert really wasn’t the same defensive monster as the one today.
That same day though, Taylor Zarzour of the CBS Charlotte wrote about how the Bobcats should trade everyone for Derrick Williams.
June 23, 2011
In a lust to draft center Enes Kanter, the Atlanta Hawks are trying to engage the Minnesota Timberwolves in discussions to trade Josh Smith(notes) for the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
So far, the Wolves haven’t been forthcoming on a potential deal, but sources say Atlanta was still trying to discuss a deal in the hours leading up to the draft.
The same key components of the trade pop up later in Bill Simmons’ 2012 NBA Trade Value column.
February 15, 2012
Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports on Minnesota pursuing Pau Gasol:
In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick Williams, who is from the Los Angeles area, and draft choices. The only players considered untouchable by the Timberwolves, who are seeking to add a veteran by the trade deadline, are Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. The Timberwolves believe it could be enticing for Gasol to play on the same team as fellow Spaniard Rubio.
I can’t say I remember that trade rumor from the 2011-12 season, but it would come back ten months later.
June 28, 2012
Sources say Minnesota offered Derrick Williams to Charlotte in exchange for the #2 pick. Bobcats quickly rejected.—
Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 28, 2012
This seemed like Kahn being Kahn more than anything else.
July 5, 2012
Minnesota's considered pitching a Derrick Williams-Martell Webster sign-and-trade for Nic Batum, sources say. Portland would reject it.—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 06, 2012
But Kahn would stop at nothing for Nicolas Batum.
July 6, 2012
According to the source, the way to get Batum here is still via a sign-and-trade. David Kahn, the Wolves’ president of basketball operations, will continue to talk with the Portland Trail Blazers throughout the weekend.
One scenario involves a three-way trade with Philadelphia. Andre Iguodala would go to Portland, Derrick Williams would go as part of a package to the Sixers and Batum would come to Minnesota. So far, Portland is balking.
December 6, 2012
We’re into Derrick Williams’ second season now. I’ll always remember his rookie campaign when he slammed home alley-oops from Ricky Rubio, who was also a rookie, and sent the Target Center into a frenzy I hadn’t seen since Game 7 of the Western Semis back in 200-fricken-4. It was exciting as hell.
But everything else about Williams’ game was inconsistent from game to game, including what position he would play. You could see the confusion when he was on the floor and, as a result, his stock start to plummet, becoming just a trade piece to something involving bigger names. From Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press:
The Los Angeles Lakers recently rejected a Timberwolves trade offer for forward Pau Gasol that would revolve around Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic and forward Derrick Williams, according to an ESPN.com report citing sources with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking.
The report claimed that the Lakers also turned down an offer from the Toronto Raptors.
It seemed like the biggest piece the Lakers would take back would’ve been Nikola Pekovic, versus Derrick Williams. That would’ve been flip-flopped ten months earlier.
February 20, 2013
One of the teams Utah has talked to about Paul Millsap is Minnesota. The name of the very available Derrick Williams came up.—
Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 20, 2013
Paul Millsap would’ve been a terrific rent for Minnesota, but by then it would’ve been a lopsided trade if no other players or draft picks were involved.
June 26, 2013
Chad Ford brings back memories of two years ago, when Indiana was rumored to have baited Danny Granger, then Roy Hibbert to move up to No. 2 to get Derrick Williams:
The Wolves continue to try to move up higher in the draft to land either Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. The latest rumbles have them reaching out to the Magic, Bobcats and Suns offering Derrick Williams and the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in return for Orlando’s No. 2 pick, Charlotte’s No. 4 pick or Phoenix’s No. 5 pick.
November 12, 2013
Kevin Love is on deck to be recruited to New York in 2015, and that’s among the reasons the Timberwolves are so determined to make deals to climb deep into the playoffs these next two years. Young Minnesota players Derrick Williams and Alexey Shved are available in deals for veterans to help these T’wolves now, league executives told Yahoo Sports.
By now, Williams’ trade value is at an all-time low, with returns ranging from Iman Shumpert to…
November 25, 2013
At last, the real trade that would end Derrick Williams’ campaign in Minnesota:
Timberwolves, I'm told, are in advanced discussions with Sacramento on a deal that would swap Derrick Williams for Luc Mbah A Moute—
Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 26, 2013
November 26, 2013
And it’s official, from the Wolves press release:
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired forward Luc Mbah a Moute (BAH-ah MOO-tay) from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for forward Derrick Williams.
“We are excited to acquire a solid veteran player in Luc Mbah a Moute,” said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “Luc is known as one of the premier defensive players in the league with an ability to guard multiple positions. He adds a lot of energy, grit and a high basketball IQ to our team. We thank Derrick for his contributions to our organization and wish him well in Sacramento.”
Best of luck to Derrick Williams. Minnesota never felt like the best fit for him.