The Minnesota Timberwolves hold one of the most valuable trade chips in the 2011 NBA Draft, and it seems that general manager David Kahn is going to work until the last minute to exhaust all trade possibilities for it. Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix tweets that one deal still being discussed with the Warriors would bring Monta Ellis to Minnesota for the No. 2 pick.
If this trade were to happen, the Timberwolves might also be offloading one or more guards, because adding Ellis, a ball-dominating combo guard, to an overstuffed backcourt that already features Jonny Flynn, Luke Ridnour, and Ricky Rubio would be a rather unorthodox move. Then again, Kahn has certainly made his share of unorthodox moves in his tenure as Minnesota GM.
For the Warriors, moving up to the No. 2 pick would give Golden State a chance to replace some of Ellis' scoring with Derrick Williams, and permit Stephen Curry to slide over and become the Warriors' full-time point guard.