Derrick Williams has not quite established himself in the NBA after the Minnesota Timberwolves selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft. Williams has been part of too many trade rumors to count at this point, but has remained with the team that drafted him until now. However, the Wolves don’t seem convinced that Williams is part of the team’s future and are pondering the possibility of picking up his player option.
Before his third year begins — Oct. 31 is the deadline — the Wolves need to figure out if they will pay forward Derrick Williams $6.3 million for the 2014-15 season.
In a phone conversation earlier this week spanning a few topics, Wolves owner Glen Taylor acknowledged the team isn’t quite sure what to do.
“We’ll evaluate his summer program, and how he looks coming into camp (which starts Oct. 1),” Taylor said. “I heard he is looking good.”
Exercising Williams’ fourth-year option is potentially enough to carry the Wolves over the luxury tax and not allow them to sign a free agent for the mid-level exception, according to Grantland.com’s Zach Lowe.
Williams is still very athletic and seemingly has upside, but he has a lot of convincing to do. As mentioned in the quote above, picking up Williams’ option would greatly limit the team’s flexbility moving forward, but he is still a tradable asset.