With the Minnesota Timberwolves poised to pick first in the 2015 NBA draft, they are carefully evaluating Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns as to who is the better fit in the team.
This might also mean Nikola Pekovic is on his way out of Minnesota.
The center only played 31 games last season due to an injury and the center has expressed his concern about his health in the future.
Via Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “I’m pretty much worrying about how this is going to affect my life in 10 years.
I mean, I’m still thinking about basketball [too].
But when you deal so much with something like this.
It’s a big deal, I think,” Pekovic said.
With that said, this is definitely a good sign for both parties which could lead to the Timberwolves looking for a new cornerstone in the center position.
Majority of draft boards list Karl-Anthony Towns as the first overall pick.
However, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express said that Flip Saunders equally likes Okafor and might actually still go for the big man.
However, it seems like the feeling is not mutual as Givony reported that Duke’s Okafor prefers to play for the Los Angeles Lakers instead of Minnesota. “If Okafor indeed has his heart set on being a Laker like persistent rumors have indicated for some time now, it will be interesting to see if his agent Bill Duffy (a college friend of Flip Saunders at Minnesota) sends him in for a workout to play hardball,” said Givony.
Nevertheless, the Timberwolves will get a tremendous prospect with great upside and defensive prowess in Karl-Anthony Towns.
“Defensively is where Towns separates himself as a prospect, and where his one year at Kentucky really helped him improve the most.
He has the size and strength to defend centers effectively, but also the length and mobility to contain most 4s, giving him terrific positional versatility that is highly coveted in today’s NBA,” Givony said.