Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas denies promising to select NBA Draft prospects
Despite rumors that they have made a draft promise to an NBA prospect, Minnesota Timberwolves president Gersson Rosas denied those claims and emphasized that’s not how they operate.
The Timberwolves own the 11th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. While the draft outside the Top 3 is expected to be wide open, there were recent rumors swirling around that Minnesota has made a promise to select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura.
Rosas, however, shot down all the speculations and clarified during his pre-draft press conference that they haven’t made a promise to anyone.
Gersson Rosas said the Timberwolves organization does not promise players they will be selected — debunking a rumor that the Wolves have promised someone at 11.
— Dane Moore (@DaneMooreNBA) June 18, 2019
The Timberwolves are expected to be players in the NBA Draft and free agency. While the 11th pick will be a nice addition to their young core headed by Karl-Anthony Towns, a lot can still happen in the hours leading to the draft. Rosas, himself, confirmed that they have reached out to every team in the league to assess their options
Minnesota is also reportedly looking to deal Andrew Wiggins, who has a horrendous contract. Any deal involving Wiggins will likely include the 11th pick as a sweetener to his seemingly untradeable contract.
It remains to be seen what will happen in the draft and in the days after. One thing is sure though, the Timberwolves won’t just sit around and watch.