The 2014 NBA Draft is Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the Minnesota Timberwolves currently have the number 13 pick.  I say currently, because they could trade Kevin Love and jump a number of notches if there is a player they definitely want.  I'm not advocating that mind you, but I do believe Love is gone by the trade deadline of the 2014-15 season.  The now part Owner, Head of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Flip Saunders is wisely not tipping his hand at this point.  This is supposed to be the deepest draft in years.  With that in mind, the Timberwolves might be wise to trade up if they can.  Teams around the league aren't going to trade proven players to Minnesota for a player they know they may be able to get on the open market after the next season.  The Timberwolves could also sign a free agent to take Love's place.  There will be a number of them available.  The only question here is if they would come to Minnesota, where there hasn't been a sniff of the playoffs in a decade. Among the big name free agents are Lebron James, Carmello Anthony, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki.  Duncan and Nowitzki will most likely re-sign with their teams.  James and Anthony would have no interest in Minnesota.  But here are some guys to consider.  Boris Diaw of San Antonio, Thabo Sefolosha with Oklahoma City, Kris Humphries of the Celtics, Elton Brand of Atlanta.  Not Kevin Love, but solid replacements when the inevitable happens.  IF they stay at number 13 who will be available ?  I kind of like Glenn Robinson III from Michigan.  He had the top standing vertical at the combine in Chicago last month or Connecticut's Deandre Daniels (remember his double double against Florida in the semis?)  Robinson's standing vertical was 36.5 inches. His personal best running vertical is 44 inches.  I like the athleticism of these two guys and that's what the Timberwolves have to get.  More athletic.  They are small forwards, but that isn't a big deal in my mind.  If a power forward is what you must draft then head to Kentucky.  Julius Randle is a bit undersized in today's game, but he can more than hold his own in the strength department.  I could see him averaging a double double in the pros.  He's not the shooter Love is, but how many power forwards can pop the three like Love.  Randle would also be an improvement defensively.  I'm no expert obviously, just curious to see what happens Thursday.   What do you think Minnesota should do?

  •    Trade Love for a higher first round draft pick and possibly throw in Alexey Shved
  •    Keep Love and stay at 13 in the draft in hopes of convincing him to stay
  •    Draft 13 in first round and trade Love before start of season
  •    Keep Love at start of season and trade before deadline.

The more I think about it the more inclined I am to trade up this week if a team is willing and let the chips fall where they may.  If you could jump into the top 6 (Boston) or 7 (Lakers) and those teams just might be willing to do it.  Keep your 13th pick and you should get two solid players who can help your team right away. What do you think?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.