UPDATE: And … this one is already dead. Larry Bird just said he has no interest in trading Roy Hibbert. “We’re not doing that …. Roy is one of our core guys,” said Bird on the rumor, according to Jeff Rabjohns.
It’s draft week so you know what that means … lots of rumors that probably will never amount to anything. This one that Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting within a piece about Josh Smith being on the block is certainly a no-brainer for Indiana though: Roy Hibbert and the Pacers’ #15 pick this year to the Wolves for their #2 pick.
With an eye on drafting Arizona’s Derrick Williams, the Indiana Pacers have discussed a package including center Roy Hibbert and the 15th pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ second overall pick, league sources said. Nevertheless, the overture hasn’t gained traction in Minnesota.
Unless Larry Bird is including another substantial asset, I can’t believe that even David Kahn would consider this anymore than the equally implausible rumor thrown around last month that he reportedly all but laughed at.
But anything that gets Derrick Williams — a young, athletic, foundational piece that any team can use as a franchise cornerstone — is something Pacers fans should be at least excited about.
They have about 56 hours to work something out.
If only Kevin McHale was still running the show in Minneapolis.
Larry Bird is reportedly targeting the kid many expect to be the best NBA player in this year’s draft.