The Timberwolves have a number of great options with the No. 5 pick. They don't need a star since they have Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They need that third young piece to go with Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine. They have a number of great options there, from Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn, Marquesse Chriss or ... Jamal Murray.
It turns out the dynamic Kentucky guard actually has a preference for the Wolves. Just ask John Calipari. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"Who is Mr. Towns?' Calipari joked. "That KAT kid? OK, well, here's what I would say. [Wolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau] and I are great friends. He helped my career, helped me basketball-wise and every other way. I'm a big fan of Thibs. Jamal? I'm saying this to you and no one else. He loves Minnesota. As a matter of fact, that's where he'd like to go.''
Murray brings terrific ball-handling and scoring ability, but has questionable defensive ability and a short wingspan. How he overlaps with Wiggins and LaVine is a question mark, but the Wolves are in a position to draft the best player available and then sort out the rotation later. There are other guards available (Dunn, Buddy Hield) who might be better fits.
Still, it's interesting to see the Wolves, in Minnesota, as a destination for young, big-name draft picks to have in their sights. There's something big happening up in Minneapolis, and next season could be quite the coming-out party for the Timberwolves.