Minnesota Timberwolves Forward and former Arizona forward, Derrick Williams will be one of the four players taking part in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest this year. As for his opponent they won’t be Los Angeles Clippers’ forward and defending dunk champion Blake Griffin, not Golden State Warriors’ guard Nate Robinson, or even Miami Heat’s forward LeBron James, who said over and over again that he would do it won’t be there either.
So who will be joining him? Well Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger, New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert, and lastly Indiana Pacers’ guard Paul George.
However, that’s not all the news that’s taking place with Derrick Williams as he’s being rumored to be traded. Yes, according to FOXSports.com’s Chris Tomasson there are rumors of the Minnesota Timberwolves trying to get Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol in exchange of giving up rookie Derrick Williams.
Now I know….I know, you’re thinking what are they crazy?! Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams?! Yeah right. However, it seems less crazier then it seems as it may be possible.
The reason being of why this trade would go through and I’m not saying that it will is because the Orlando Magic who are looking to trade center Dwight Howard are looking for a good deal with young possible future talents involved. So that’s just it, rookie Derrick Williams drafted number 2 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft is a great piece to put in a Dwight Howard trade.
Though notice the word piece as the Orlando Magic or most likely any team in the NBA wouldn’t do that trade straight up. So, if the Lakers were to do this trade as is, Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams, they would want to make sure that they verbally agreed on a deal with Orlando. I just couldn’t imagine the Lakers doing this trade without Orlando agreeing that they wanted Derrick Williams before shipping away Pau Gasol.
So as of right now, it’s Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol, straight up. Also too, keep in mind All-Star weekend this year is in Orlando and Derrick Williams will be there in a familiar place that their super star has been in; the dunk contest.
Now while this is only at the step of a rumor as you all know this rumor can grow into a possibility and then into a likely and maybe into even a happening. So as of right now stay tuned as we’ll be keeping you updated.