Tyus Jones isn't going to hear the Timberwolves call his name with the first pick in the NBA Draft, but based on what team owner Glen Taylor told David Shama of Sports Headliners, it wouldn't be a complete shock if Jones ends up going to the Wolves later in the draft.
“I don’t know how we could get that done for sure,” Taylor told Shama. “I think there are other teams that are interested. My guess is that Flip (Saunders) and Milt (Newman) will make inquiries and see if somebody is interested in giving up that draft choice so that that could happen. It would be a nice thing for Minnesota to have that, to do that.”
To get the true point guard out of Duke the Wolves will likely have to trade back into the first round. Minnesota has assets to do just that; they own the first (31st overall) and sixth (36th overall) picks in the second round.
But everything at this point is purely speculation.
NBADraft.net currently has Jones going to the Memphis Grizzlies at 25.
Jones won a state championship with Apple Valley High School just two years ago, and he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after leading Duke to a national championship as a freshman.
Jones reportedly worked out for the Houston Rockets last week before back tightness cut his workout short, Darren Wolfson said. USA Today's latest mock draft has Jones going to Houston with the 18th pick.
"Houston's biggest need is at the point guard spot, and they will have a couple to select from at this stage of the draft. Jones' combination of outside shooting and good decision making could make him the selection at 18 for Houston."
TMZ finds Jones
TMZ Sports tracked down Jones and a few of his Duke teammates, including Jahlil Okafor, who could wind up going to the Wolves No. 1 overall, at a rooftop party in Beverly Hills last weekend. The group of Duke stars wound up hanging out with celebrities Too Short and Charlamagne Tha God.