Wolves get Brewer -- and hold on to Garnett
After a week of trade talk, Minnesota passes on deal
One thought sprang into Corey Brewer's mind after being chosen by Minnesota in the first round of last night's NBA draft.
"Hopefully KG's still there," Brewer said.
You're in luck, Corey. Kevin Garnett is still a member of the Timberwolves. And last night, Garnett got some much-needed defensive help.
The Timberwolves drafted the 6-foot-9-inch swingman with the seventh overall selection. He averaged 13.2 points as a junior last season, helping the Gators to their second straight NCAA title. Brewer was the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and the SEC co-defensive player of the year and will bring some defensive intensity to a Timberwolves team that had little last season.
"He was MVP of the Final Four," vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said. "The guy won two championships. Those things don't grow on trees."
When Brewer came to Minneapolis for a workout last week, he said he would like to play in Minnesota with Garnett and Randy Foye. Now it looks like he will get that chance.
Speculation swirled around Garnett's status with the team, with the destination and teams involved changing nearly by the hour.
In the end, McHale did not pull the trigger, and said he expects Garnett to return to Minnesota for a 13th season. "Kevin's a member of this team right now," McHale said. "I assume he'll be a member of the team this fall."
Charlotte also got the rights to Alabama forward Jermareo Davidson, Golden State's choice with the 36th selection.
Rod Higgins, the Bobcats' general manager, was the top assistant to Golden State's Chris Mullin until May 31, and the former teammates quickly came together on a deal that sends a proven scorer to the young Bobcats while adding Wright's athletic talents to the Warriors.
"I'll miss Jason, of course," Mullin said. "He's one of my favorite players in the league . . . but we feel good about Brandan coming in."
Richardson averaged 16 points and 6.7 rebounds in 51 regular-season games, then scored 19.1 points in 11 playoff games.
The question is whether he'll ever wear a Bucks uniform.
"I think so," Yi said. "It's a surprise to me . . . I'm not really familiar with the city as well, but I'm happy to be playing with the team and happy to play in the NBA."
General manager Larry Harris said Yi was rated third on the Bucks' draft board.
"Chinese basketball is huge and it's growing and to have one of their countrymen that is actually very, very good and can play and is young and can be here for a long time, I don't know how it's not a windfall for us."