T'Wolves take Johnson with fourth pick
The Timberwolves selected Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson with the fourth overall selection in last night's NBA Draft.
Johnson started his college career at Iowa State and transferred to Syracuse. During his transfer season, Johnson became friends with Jonny Flynn, who was drafted in the first round last year by the Wolves and started much of his rookie NBA season. In his only season at Syracuse, Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds per game on his way to winning Big East player of the year and consensus first-team all-American honors. Johnson was all-Big Twelve honorable mention during his second year at Iowa State.
Timberwolves basketball operations president David Kahn says Johnson brings the team much-needed length and athleticism. He calls Johnson an important piece of the puzzle in rebuilding the team with young talent.
The Timberwolves did some trading during the NBA Draft, sending 16th overall selection Luke Babbitt to Portland along with forward Ryan Gomes (gohmz) for forward Martell Webster. Gomes was with the Wolves for three seasons, comnig over from Boston in the Kevin Garnett trade. The Timberwolves were not planning to pick up his four-point-two million dollar contract option for the upcoming season. Webster is heading into his sixth season in the NBA after the Blazers made him the sixth overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. Webster missed all of the 2000-09 season with a stress fracture in his left foot, but recovered to play in all 82 games last season for Portland.
The Timberwolves drafted little-known Clemson forward Trevor Booker with the 23rd overall selection, then trading him for forward Lazar Hayward of Marquette and Serbian forward Nemanja Bjelica.