Fabricio Oberto has had a busy day. Almost as busy as mine. A person familiar with the situation has confirmed to CBSSports.com that Oberto, traded hours earlier from San Antonio to Milwaukee as part of the Richard Jefferson deal, is being forwarded to Detroit for Amir Johnson.
Another, much bigger deal is on the verge of being completed: A person familiar with the situation has confirmed to CBSSports.com that Washington is on the verge of sending the No. 5 overall pick to Minnesota along with Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov and Darius Songaila for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. That would give the Timberwolves the fifth and sixth picks in the draft. Be back soon with more on that one.
UPDATE: This puts the keys to the draft squarely in the hands of the Timberwolves, who are being capably guided by newly hired GM David Kahn. Minnesota now has four first-round picks, the key ones being the fifth and sixth, which could be parlayed into a higher pick to snag Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.
It will send a shiver through the Sacramento front office, which believed it would have a shot at Rubio with the fourth pick. Even moreso, it will confound Kahn's former boss with the Indiana Pacers, Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who according to three people familiar with the Knicks' thinking was angling to trade up from the eighth spot in a bid for Rubio. Minnesota now holds all those cards, and has plenty of fallback options if Rubio isn't available or the pick that would land him isn't attainable. Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, or Jonny Flynn would make sense, too.
Washington had numerous offers on the table for the fifth pick, but made a strong play to return to contention by adding Foye and Miller to its core group of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison. In addition, the Wizards accomplished their goal of clearing a roster spot in a 3-for-2 deal that also spared them having to pay a lottery pick.
Oberto dealt again; Wiz trade No. 5 pick (UPDATE)
Posted on: June 23, 2009 9:18 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2009 10:13 pm