David Kahn made a significant splash in last year’s draft, picking up an extra pick in the top 5 from the Wizards in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. That kind of aggressiveness led many to consider he might make a similar splash in this year’s draft, but by using his pick in a deal.
This morning the Pioneer Press in Minneapolis reports that Kahn has said it is “very unlikely” that the selection will be traded. This could be pillow talk, and certainly things change before and on draft night, but as of now, it looks like the Wolves will be where they are. This leads to further speculation that the top five selections have already been nailed down to John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, and DeMarcus Cousins.
Kahn also stated that he doesn’t see the team trading the rights to Spanish star Ricky Rubio. Kahn has long said that Rubio is part of the Wolves’ future plan to compete on a consistent basis for championships, and that he wouldn’t be dishing off Rubio to a larger market like New York. You know, like one Rubio might actually be willing to play for.
Kahn has been seen as a hyper-aggressive, if sometimes foolhardy manager, but it looks like he might be taking a more conservative approach in his second draft.