HoopsHype Derrick Williams rumors

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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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With the trade deadline two days away, Williams was asked on Tuesday what would surprise him more -- if the Timberwolves would move him or if he stayed in Minnesota. "I wouldn't be surprised at all either way," he said after the team's first practice following the All-Star break. "I'm just here to play basketball. I've heard trades since the day I got picked. It's nothing new. The first time I heard it, I was a little surprised. It's been a year and a half now, so I wouldn't be surprised either way." TSN

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Except, you know, that whole Melo thing, those minutes where he grabbed the game by its neck and squeezed until it turned Knicks blue. That's the difference. In the locker room postgame, Derrick Williams couldn't help but smile as he said the name. Carmelo. Superstar. Carmelo. Superstar. The kid is still a little bit (a lot) in awe, and it's hard to blame him. He's 21 and has watched Anthony for the past decade, watched him win each season, over and over. And now he's going up against him, getting on the wrong side of the refs in the process, because who is he other than a 21-year-old who's still grasping at his potential? "It's a little tough," he said. "It's just, he's a superstar, man. You can't really say too much about it. You can't really complain." Fox Sports North

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The Minnesota Timberwolves chose Derrick Williams No. 2 before last season. In December, the coaching staff told him he had a choice to make. He could throw himself into extra work with assistant Shawn Respert and the rest of the staff to try and establish himself in the NBA. Or he could keep doing what he was doing and join that long list of ''Terrible Twos'' who never panned out in this league. ''I don't want to say any names, but there have been a lot who haven't worked out,'' Williams said. ''A couple have sky-rocketed and a couple have been pretty decent. My whole life I never wanted to be a decent player.'' Yahoo! Sports

The Wolves assigned Respert to work with Williams every day after practice, both in the film room and on the court. But the most important challenge for Respert was reaching Williams on an emotional level to spur the kind of growth in his mental toughness that the team saw as the primary problem getting in the way of his development. ''Even watching him in timeouts, he was so frustrated, like a young man who was insecure about 'Is this where he is supposed to be?''' Respert said. ''I saw him get so frustrated where he started to tear up and his eyes started to water because he has no answer to fix this problem that he has.'' Yahoo! Sports

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But a team source said that has changed in the last week. In fact, Kahn was aggressively working the phone Wednesday and Thursday way more than normal for mid-January and is making some progress on a trade. The source said it's for more of a big guy, not a wing. The most likely player to be sent elsewhere is forward Derrick Williams. Multiple team and league sources say he's being shopped heavily. 1500 ESPN

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