- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Derrick Williams is on his way to Minnesota and Timberwolves President David Kahn emphatically told fans that he is coming here to stay.

The Wolves drafted the Arizona forward with the No. 2 pick Thursday on a dizzying draft night, leading to speculation that he could be traded because his skills so closely resemble those of current Timberwolves Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph.

“We’re not trading Derrick Williams,” Kahn told the team’s draft party in an interview from the team’s war room. “He will be in a Timberwolves uniform next year.”

That’s just fine with Williams, who welcomes the chance to help turnaround one of the league’s worst franchises.

“I heard David Kahn say they were drafting me to keep me,” Williams said. “Hopefully they are. I get along with a lot of the players there. Hopefully they do keep me. I want to be part of this team and turn it around.”

Williams averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Wildcats last season and was widely considered the second-best player in the draft behind Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. The Cavs took Irving with the first pick.

The Timberwolves tried all week to trade the second pick in hopes of landing a veteran center or shooting guard to help the youngest team in the league. In the end, they couldn’t find an offer they liked enough to pass up on the explosive, 6-foot-8 forward with shooting range.

They didn’t make that trade, but they sure made up for it later in the night.

“We made a lot of trades tonight,” Kahn said, declining to comment on all of them because they had not been approved by the league.

After taking Williams, the Timberwolves sent point guard Jonny Flynn and the 20th pick _ Lithuanian forward Donatas Motiejunas _ to Houston for the 23rd and 38th picks, center Brad Miller and a lottery protected future first-round pick, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade had not been approved by the league.

According to other reports, the Wolves then:

_Shipped No. 23 to Chicago for picks 28 and 43.

_Sent No. 28 to Miami for No. 31 and a future second-round pick.

_Sent No. 31 to New Jersey for a future second-round pick and cash.

_Sent No. 38 to back to Houston for a future second-round pick and cash.

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