MINNEAPOLIS -- Leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft, Louisville center Gorgui Dieng wasn't a name associated with either of the Minnesota Timberwolves' two first-round draft picks.
But with as zany as Thursday's first round turned out to be, a surprise pick that checks one offseason need off president of basketball operations Flip Saunders' checklist fit right in.
"Strange things happen; you're never surprised," Saunders said. "With our second pick, we wanted to pick up a big guy that could be a presence at the rim, block shots and be more of a defensive role-type player."
Even if it wasn't one he'd had a whole lot of contact with.
In a late, scrambling deal that sent No. 9 overall pick Trey Burke to Utah in exchange for a pair of agreed-upon first-round selections, the Timberwolves got all 6 feet, 11 inches and 245 pounds of Dieng with the 21st pick.
He never worked out in Minnesota before the draft. Nor did he show up as a Timberwolves' prospect on any mock boards. Saunders never ment...