Rudy Gay had 33 points, five rebounds and six assists, and Isaiah Thomas had 26 points and seven assists to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 111-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Derrick Williams walked off the bus and strolled into Target Center toward the entrance to the visiting locker room. As he put his hand on the door knob and started to open it, he did a double-take to make sure he was headed to the right place. It’s hard to blame Williams for his tentativeness since he had spent the first two years of his career walking into the home locker room in this building. Williams made his return to Minnesota on Wednesday night, a month and a half after the Timberwolves traded the former No. 2 overall pick to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
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Derrick Williams spent two full seasons and 16 games of this year trying to find a place for himself with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized the trade that sends Derrick Williams to Sacramento for Luc Mbah a Moute. The deal was finished on Tuesday. Williams was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2011.
Derrick Williams era ends in Minnesota
The Minnesota Timberwolves are trading former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year contract options on point guard Ricky Rubio and small forward Derrick Williams, as expected. The move on Williams was less of a sure thing, but the Wolves are counting on continued improvement this season from the second overall pick in the 2011 draft. The decision on these third-year players was announced by the Wolves on Saturday, along with the move to waive center Chris Johnson. That brought the roster to 15 players for the regular season, giving forward Robbie Hummel and guard A.J. Price the last two spots.
For a guy who was drafted second overall just three years ago, Derrick Williams has enjoyed precious little security in his short time with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are picking up the option on Derrick Williams’ contract. A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday night that the Wolves will exercise the option for 2013-14 on the former No. 2 overall pick’s deal.
Milos Teodosic had 26 points, nine assists and five rebounds to lift CSKA Moscow to a 108-106 overtime exhibition victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Nenad Krstic had 13 points and seven rebounds and Sasha Kaun had 12 points and nine boards to get CSKA off to a winning start in their two-game American tour. CSKA beat the Los Angeles Clippers in 2006 and the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010. The Russian team led by 18 points in the first half, but Derrick Williams scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to get the Wolves back in it. Williams had nine rebounds.
A murder-suicide in Eden Prairie last month appears to be the result of a domestic dispute between two married individuals, police said in a press release Monday.
Derrick Williams has reported to Minnesota Timberwolves training camp with more than just playing time to earn. The Timberwolves have to make a decision by Oct. 31 whether to exercise the option for 2014-15 on Williams’ contract. The 2011 No. 2 overall draft pick has been inconsistent in his first two seasons in the league and has had trouble finding the right role in Rick Adelman’s rotation.
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday that forward Chase Budinger had successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is out indefinitely. It’s the same knee that Budinger tore the meniscus cartilage in last November, causing him to miss most of last season.
Authorities are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and a woman at an Eden Prairie apartment last weekend as a murder-suicide.