Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 6/25/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- If Flip Saunders used yesterday's pre-draft press conference to mislead any general managers or media out there, there's only half a bluff to call. And that's assuming Tuesday's reports of the Timberwolves' interest in trading for Brooklyn Nets shooting guard MarShon Brooks have any substance. According to the New York Daily News,Minnesota and Brooklyn have pondered the idea of a trade that'd send Brooks to Minneapolis, possibly for a draft pick -- likely No. 26 or a second-rounder -- andor one of the Timberwolves' reserve point guards. There's conflicting evidence as to the transaction's seriousness, but sources floating the idea at least back up Saunders' statement Monday that the Timberwolves are shopping around for potential deals. "There's been offers. Nothing's intrigued me enough to get excited about," said Saunders, Minnesota's president of basketball operations. "Every call you make is potentially a trade call, and we're talking to everybody every day." That first bit's changed in the past 24 hours if the Brooks rumors have any validity. Unless Saunders meant to downplay his interest in the first place. Most pre-draft trade talk's centered on the upper part of the first round, where Minnesota's been rumored to try and trade its No. 9 pick in hopes of moving into the top five. Saunders has downplayed that idea more and more as the draft gets closer, however, saying teams ahead of the Timberwolves are falling "more and more in love" with their potential first overall picks. But that leaves the door open for other trade possibilities, even some that don't involve the draft. Minnesota's logjam at point guard is no secret, to the point where there aren't any on the front office's first-round draft board. So maybe the Timberwolves give up J.J. Barea or Luke Ridnour in exchange for Brooks and a project-type reserve. Or maybe they throw the 26th selection in there somewhere, giving the Nets -- who pick 22nd in Thursday's draft -- two non-lottery, first-round selections. A first-round pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2011 draft and immediately traded to New Jersey (now Brooklyn), Brooks showed promise as a rookie, scoring 12.6 points per game and earning NBA second-team all-rookie honors. He's expressed displeasure at going from the Nets' sixth man to a mop-up man averaging 13 minutes per game this past season. If the shooting guard-deprived Timberwolves trade for one before the draft, that means they're likely going after a big man or simply the best available player in the first round. But they just as easily could decide a two-guard like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or C.J. McCollum's a better asset and draft him with the ninth pick, favoring rookie upside over what Brooks has exhibited so far. Maybe this, possibly that. What's certain after Tuesday is the Timberwolves are indeed looking at trade options, meaning there's a chance someone new joins the roster before they even make their first pick Thursday.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Kevin Durant has...RUSSELL MANIA!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Stanton has 'slim chance' of returning for final week?

Kubiak hinting that Siemian is favorite for Broncos' QB job?

Jason Garrett won’t rule Tony Romo out for Week 1

John Harbaugh: NFL needs to make changes to preseason

Romo expected to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kaepernick explains why he is protesting national anthem

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker