HoopsHype Derrick Williams rumors

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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

February 1, 2013 Updates

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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Sources say the Wolves are big fans of Orlando's J.J. Redick. An unrestricted free agent this summer, the indication is he's going somewhere. The Wolves are the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA, so Redick is an obvious fit. It'd take forward Derrick Williams, plus a future first-round pick just to get into the discussion. There will be plenty of teams after Redick. 1500 ESPN

December 21, 2012 Updates

Even though he's gone from ESPN, Ric Bucher still has great contacts, so my tentacles went up after he briefly mentioned the Wolves in connection to Orlando shooting guard J.J. Redick. Well, after digging, the Wolves are big fans. If the Magic decide to move Redick, consider the Wolves heavily in the mix. One league source said that it'll take more than forward Derrick Williams to get a deal done. 1500 ESPN

December 14, 2012 Updates

Williams has had a disappointing career in Minnesota after being selected second overall in the 2011 draft. The highest draft choice in franchise history has been earning DNP-CDs or short-minute stints under coach Rick Adelman. Both sides would be happy with a move. "They will move him in a heartbeat if they could," one rival team executive said. "I don't think the coaches are that high on him. You have to get something for him now because the longer he sits, the more people think he can't play." Yahoo! Sports

Other names that dribbled out this week as likely candidates to be dealt this trade season include Milwaukee's expiring-contract backcourt duo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, based on the premise that the Bucks, if they start drifting out of playoff contention, won't want to risk losing their smallish scorers for nothing in free agency. Also mentioned frequently is the Minnesota trio of Derrick Williams, Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea, given that Wolves coach Rick Adelman appears to have no use for Williams and with the Wolves now boasting a surplus of point guards with Ricky Rubio poised to return from his knee tear. ESPN.com

December 11, 2012 Updates

Second-year forward Derrick Williams said he hasn't talked with president of basketball operations David Kahn about trade rumors that last week had him headed with center Nikola Pekovic away in a deal that supposedly would bring Pau Gasol to Minnesota. "I don't think we necessarily need to talk like that," Williams said. "Myself and Pek are a big part of the team. We need Pek on this team. We need myself, too. As long as we keep winning, all the trade talk will stop." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

So far, he has remained patient and said Monday that he and his agent talk daily but haven't discussed requesting a trade. Asked if he has unlimited patience, he said, "I wouldn't say that. I'm a patient player, so I've just got to do with what I have. If I get 10 minutes, I get 10 minutes. [Love and Kirilenko] are both good players. It doesn't mean I'm not a good player or anything like that. "It's Coach's decision whether he plays me or not, whether he plays anybody. I think with Kevin and A.K. back, it makes our team a little bit better. I'm not going to complain about who is playing or who's not going to play." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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