The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 27, 2013

Wolves wheel and deal during NBA draft


Love's return from a twice-broken right hand and the anticipated return of Chase Budinger, who missed much of last season with a knee injury, should help matters. But the Wolves were still in need of a prototypical shooting guard who could defend the bigger guards in the league and knock down 3-pointers at a reliable rate. Last year coach Rick Adelman was forced to play undersized Luke Ridnour and J.J. Barea the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard, leaving the Wolves vulnerable on the defensive end and without the scorer's mentality that generally comes at the position on the offensive end.

Saunders was very high on Oladipo and McLemore and made efforts to trade up into the top five to select one of the top two shooting guards in the draft. When those attempts failed, the Wolves initially figured Caldwell-Pope would be there for them at No. 9, but the Detroit Pistons took him at No. 8.

That's when the Wolves went into deal-making mode, grabbing Burke for the Jazz, who were in the market for point guard help.

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