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_Sent a future second-round pick to Portland for pick No. 57.

They selected UCLA guard Malcolm Lee with the 43rd pick and Tanguy Ngombo, a forward from Qatar at 57 in the second round.

Kahn made all the decisions without Kurt Rambis in the room. The coach was watching the draft from Los Angeles, still not told if he will return for a third season after going 32-132 in his first two years. Kahn said after the draft it “remains a process. I’ll talk about it when there’s news to share and there’s simply not news to share at this time.”

With all the deals for cash on Thursday night, Kahn was asked if some of it was acquired to buy out the coach’s contract, which has two years and $4 million remaining on it. Kahn vehemently denied that.

“I had great reticence to continue to add rookie after rookie after rookie to a team that, frankly, needs a few veterans,” Kahn said. “And if you keep adding young players, you run out of roster space.”

Whoever coaches the team next year will have quite a chore to figure out how to find enough playing time for Williams, Beasley and Randolph, all “tweeners” who can play small forward, power forward and, in Randolph’s case, some center.

Kahn said Beasley will not be traded, either. He spoke to Beasley about the prospects of adding Williams to the group, possibly cutting into his playing time.

“The prospect of adding Derrick to the team really excited him,” Kahn said. “So I felt comfortable based on those conversations and conversations with Derrick that the kids wanted to make this work and that they could all play together.”

The Timberwolves finished an NBA-worst 17-65 last season, but their long history of bad lottery luck struck again when Cleveland leapfrogged them for the top pick. And when the Cavs took Irving as expected, the Wolves had a dilemma.

They could take Williams, who seems to be redundant with Beasley, Randolph and Wes Johnson _ three tall, very athletic players who can play multiple positions. Williams has been working out with Beasley and Johnson in Los Angeles this summer and said they became fast friends.

“Me and Beasley play a little similar, but it’s pretty hard to guard when you have me and Beasley on the court, I think,” Williams said. “You have a couple people that play the same spot and we’re going to have to make that work.”

There is some debate as to where Williams will play in the NBA. He played mostly power forward at Arizona, but league observers wonder if he’s big enough to defend the power forwards he’ll face on a nightly basis in the NBA.

When he worked out for the Timberwolves last week, Williams insisted that he is a small forward in the NBA, and Kahn agreed. He shot almost 57 percent from 3-point range for Arizona last year and has displayed the quickness and ball-handling ability to play the position, on offense at least.

Johnson said he thinks they’ll figure out a way for everyone to coexist.

“His basketball IQ. is high so I think him coming in, any type of position, I think he’ll be fine,” Johnson said.

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