Wolves Acquire the No. 5 Pick in 2009 NBA Draft
The Minnesota Timberwolves announced the team has acquired the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, center Etan Thomas and forwards Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov from the Washington Wizards for guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
By acquiring the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft from Washington, the Timberwolves now have a league-high four first-round draft picks: No. 5, No. 6, No. 18 and No. 28. This marks the first time in team history that the Wolves hold two top-10 draft picks. The Wolves also have two second-round draft picks (No. 45 and No. 47).
"This draft offers us an opportunity to begin transforming the Timberwolves into a team poised for long-term success, and the prospect of acquiring an additional asset in the No. 5 pick, along with some added depth in our frontcourt, was very attractive," said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. "With six picks in the draft, including two in the top-10, I'm confident that we're well on our way towards building a nice foundation of young talent here in Minnesota, and/or making further moves with an eye of flexibility.
"I also want to thank Randy and Mike for their contributions to the Timberwolves organization and the Twin Cities community, and wish them the very best of luck in the next chapter of their careers. I think they'll both fit in well in Washington and be valuable contributors to a team that's poised for success in the Eastern Conference."
Thomas appeared in 26 games (7 starts) and averaged 3.1 points (.485 FG%), 2.5 rebounds and 11.1 minutes per game in 2008-09, his seventh season in the NBA (all with Washington). The 6-10 center was drafted by Dallas with the 12th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft and holds career averages of 6.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 373 career games, including a career-best 8.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during the 2003-04 campaign.
Songaila, a six-year-veteran, played in 77 games last season for Washington and averaged 7.4 points (.532 FG%), 2.9 rebounds and 19.8 minutes per game. The 6-9 forward has played for Sacramento, Chicago and Washington with career averages of 7.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 410 games (78 starts). Songaila signed with Washington as a free agent on July 19, 2006. The 6-9 forward was originally drafted by Boston with the 50th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.
In two seasons in Washington, Pecherov has posted career averages of 3.6 points (.367 FG%, .733 FT%), 2.1 rebounds and 8.9 minutes per game in 67 contests. The 7-0 center from the Ukraine was originally drafted No. 18 overall by Washington in the 2006 NBA Draft.
Foye, acquired by Minnesota in a draft day trade in 2006, played three seasons with the Wolves, averaging 13.0 points, 3.7 assists and 29.5 minutes in 191 games. He appeared in 70 games for the Wolves last season, averaging a career-high 16.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Miller appeared in 73 games for the Wolves last season, tallying 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.5 rebounds per game. The 2000-01 NBA Rookie of the Year and 2005-06 NBA Sixth Man of the Year was acquired by the Wolves in a draft night trade in 2008. In his nine NBA seasons with Orlando, Memphis and Minnesota, Miller owns averages of 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 638 career games.
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