By acquiring the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft from Washington, the Timberwolves now have a league-high four first-round draft picks: No. 5, No. 6, No. 18 and No. 28. This marks the first time in team history that the Wolves hold two top-10 draft picks. The Wolves also have two second-round draft picks (No. 45 and No. 47).
“This draft offers us an opportunity to begin transforming the Timberwolves into a team poised for long-term success, and the prospect of acquiring an additional asset in the No. 5 pick, along with some added depth in our frontcourt, was very attractive,” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “With six picks in the draft, including two in the top-10, I’m confident that we’re well on our way towards building a nice foundation of young talent here in Minnesota, and/or making further moves with an eye of flexibility.
“I also want to thank Randy and Mike for their contributions to the Timberwolves organization and the Twin Cities community, and wish them the very best of luck in the next chapter of their careers. I think they’ll both fit in well in Washington and be valuable contributors to a team that’s poised for success in the Eastern Conference.”