Draft Rumor: Memphis and Minnesota swapping first round picks?
The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves are close to swapping first-round draft picks, a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells ESPN.com’s Andy Katz. The Grizzlies would send their 25th and 28th overall picks to Minnesota for the Timberwolves’ 16th pick.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: On the surface, this rumor seems insignificant.
However, it does show that Memphis and Minnesota are looking to improve and will be active during Thursday`s draft and free agency.
For instance, the Grizzlies recently called the Hornets about Chris Paul, while the Timberwolves turned down the Pacers’ lottery pick for point guard Jonny Flynn.
Both squads also have larger issues to contend with.
Memphis wants to re-sign restricted free agent Rudy Gay -but only for reasonable money. A sign-and-trade involving Gay is an option.
And Minnesota must decide if forwards Al Jefferson and Kevin Love can play together. They`ve also got to convince 2009 lottery pick Ricky Rubio to cross the Atlantic and run the offense in 2012.
These teams will be linked to more rumors and will be stay all summer.