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Timberwolves Make Draft Day Trades

Posted at: 06/28/2013 8:05 PM
By: JON KRAWCZYNSKI



Michigan point guard Trey Burke was selected at No. 9 overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in last night's NBA draft. But the Wolves traded Burke to Utah for the 14th and 21st selections. The Jazz drafted UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad at No. 14 and Louisville center Gorgui Dieng at No. 21.

As he prepares to make the jump from college to the pros, Muhammad has told his famously involved father to take a seat on the bench. Muhammad was introduced at a news conference Friday, one day after the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired him with the 14th overall draft pick.

Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, was heavily involved in his basketball upbringing. But Holmes was occasionally a source of trouble. His handling of Muhammad's recruitment led to a suspension from the NCAA and Holmes is on house arrest after pleading not guilty to bank fraud and conspiracy charges.

Muhammad says he spoke to his father last month about not being so involved in his basketball affairs. Muhammad says they remain close but he feels it's important to be his own man now.

The Timberwolves selected North Carolina State point guard Lorenzo Brown with the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the NBA draft.

The Wolves chose Brown after an eventful first round that saw them trade No. 9 pick Trey Burke to Utah for 14th overall pick Shabazz Muhammad and 21st pick Gorgui Dieng. They also traded the 26th pick (Colorado forward Andre Roberson) and Malcolm Lee to Golden State for cash considerations and a future second-round pick.

Brown averaged 12.4 points and 7.2 assists per game for the Wolfpack as a junior last season.The Wolves picked Montenegrin forward Bojan Dubljevic with the 59th overall selection in the second round of the NBA draft.

Dubljevic averaged 9.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for his Spanish league team in Valencia last season. He hails from the same country as Wolves center Nikola Pekovic and will likely remain overseas for at least another year or two.

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