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Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

Posted on: June 24, 2011 5:54 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:26 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

Funny story. 

So while the Wolves were having what is being called a "good" draft by taking Derrick Williams, the second best player in a two-pick draft with the second spot, and then trading a top 20 pick down to get several second rounders, most of which they traded, they did spend to pick one up. The Wolves and David Kahn bought the rights to the No.57 pick in the draft from Dallas, then took a guy name Tanguy Ngombo. 

Ngombo was out of Qatar, and showed up in an impressive showing at the Asian Games.  Wolves assistant Phil Philo found him and the Wolves thought they had themselves a steal in a 21-year-old foreign prospect. What a great story, nice to see the Wolves finally get through a draft without a real embarrassme....

Yeah, so he's not 21. He's 26.

Draft Express originally put him into the sphere of public knowledge, and mentioned the Philo connection. DX also dug up the info that shows he's 26. Which means he's ineligible. Even Qatar lists himi as being born in 1984. The result is the pick will be voided. 

Now, let's say this was just the Wolves' natural 2nd round pick. That would be a bummer, but not really as bad. After all, he was unlikely to come over anyway and even if so may have been terriible. It's a late second-rounder, after all. Or say that they had picked up the pick as part of another trade as an asset they didn't really care about but the other team threw in as a deal-sweetener. That would be acceptable. It's no worse, really, than most of the picks in the second round which are really Euro stashes who will never come over to the A. 

But the Wolves bought the pick. So after making all these moves in order to free up cash, presumably to afford the buyout on the remainder of Kurt Rambis' contract, they then spent money to acquire this selection... and then drafted a player who lied about his age and was ineligible. 

At one level, you feel bad for Philo. Found a prospect, thought it was worth a flyer, talked his organization into making a move for him. Everyone makes mistakes. And maybe Qatar and FIBA are both wrong, and he's 21 and this isn't an issue. Plus, it's not like a second round pick is really worth much and it's not like the loss of a huge asset; the pick couldn't have cost that much. 

But it's just the fact that once again the Wolves can't get out of a draft without stumbling and falling. They traded back to get value, and wound up picking up Brad Miller's contract and drafting a guy who's older than LeBron. Just when you think we have nothing to make fun of the Wolves about, Kahn's organization strikes again.



Since: Jun 25, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:45 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

I remember a guy picked at No. 57 one year named Ginobili that has made it pretty well.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:59 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

I am not a timberwolves fan but come on. Give them a break. All the talk before the draft was about how if they drafted Williams, he is to close to the same player as Beasley. Okay what is the problem. Love, Williams and Beasley is a whole lot better than Love, Beasley and who ever else they chose to put in as a 3,4, or 5 last year. Rubio is better than Flynn. Wes Johnson has some upside and Brad Miller, despite his large contract, can put up some good minutes. So many people praised Houston for signing Miller to back up Ming last year but when the Timberwolves upgrade by getting Miller to hopefully take some of Darko's time people complain. As far as the player being to old, it happens. It happens in other sports (baseball) as well. The only mistake by the organization is going to be if they hire Romar as their new coach. They can find better and, if given time, their core could make them a better team.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:43 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

What a joke their front office is! lol

Since: Dec 11, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:58 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

The funny story is someone actually thinking this guy or anyone picked at 58 would ever make it to the NBA level. 

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:52 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

I know the Wolves don't really care about this guy, but how embarrassing is it to take a player who is ineligble?  Nothing like wasting more of Glenn Taylor's money because of ineptitude.  Save your money for Rambis!

Since: Nov 9, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2011 10:24 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

Seriously who gives a chit!


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2011 7:15 pm

Wolves buy pick, take ineligible player

Should we also feel bad his name is Phil Philo!

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