MINNEAPOLIS As about 90 NBA scouts and executives, Flip Saunders included, sat scattered across the lower bowl of the Target Center on Tuesday evening, the smoke could almost be seen rising off the mirrors.
It's a closed-door, mostly clandestine juncture in the offseason, when organizations quietly maintain a poker face while determining which skill sets meet their desires and which teams might be interested in helping fulfill them.
Much is happening behind the scenes during what seems like a quiet time for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"We've got a pretty good list and have an idea where players are rated," Saunders said Tuesday between sessions of pre-draft workouts open to several other franchises. "We kind of have people boxed in, but there are a lot of other things that can happen, whether it's moving up in the draft, whether it's moving down in the draft, depending on if you make a move with players."
The Timberwolves' needs for a shooter or two and a backup center are alre...