HoopsHype Derrick Williams rumors

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Do you think Derrick Williams can become an efficient post player? Shawn Respert: I think he can be very effective. He's not going to be a traditional post player like the ones you and I grew up watching. In the 80's and the 90's there were a lot of great post players who played with their backs to the basket. Derrick is kind of a new way of a post player who uses more face-up game, that posts up off the block, attacks with one or two dribbles... He does have to develop some type of a back-to-the-basket comfort level and gain confidence. What's most remarklable about Ricky Rubio, even at his age, is how he plays like an aggressive, confident, veteran ball player. When Derrick Williams learns that, we'll see a lot of improvement. He has all the physical tools. HoopsHype

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Flip Saunders said he hasn’t been trying in any way to trade forward Derrick Williams to get a better draft choice. “I haven’t said anything about trading him,” he said. “That is something that has been speculative. That’s because last year it was pretty public, it came out of the organization that they were looking to trade him last year. It’s just a lot of speculation from the people, social media, everyone talking about trading him.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

On the other hand Saunders said that anybody is tradable. “Wilt Chamberlain was traded, guys like Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got traded,” he said. “Anyone can be trade for the right price. But [Williams is] not a guy that we’re just out there looking to trade. He played well at the end of the year. If he was in the draft right now, he’d be a guy that would be one of the top three players that people would be looking at to draft. He’s only 21 years old. Sometimes you have to let those guys develop a little bit.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Because Derrick Williams will have to play behind either Kevin Love or Andrei Kirilenko next season, he's expected to be the Timberwolves' main chip in trade talks this month. Williams turned 22 on May 25. It wouldn't be surprising if the Wolves packaged the 6-8, 240-pounder with their No. 9 overall pick in the NBA draft to move up to take shooting guard Victor Oladipo from Indiana. Kirilenko, by the way, has not given the Wolves any indication that he plans to use an escape clause in his contract. St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Adelman remains hopeful that Williams will be able to play more small forward as his career progresses. That would allow Love and Williams to play more together, as would playing Love at center. “That’s something we’re still going to look at,” Adelman said, referring to Williams’ possible future at small forward. “I think he can play there, but it’s about understanding what you have to do at each position. If he’s playing small forward, he has to be aggressive and go to the basket and post up. “He’s a young player. He has only played two years. He’ll find his way.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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