After trading down in the first round of the NBA draft, new Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly was back at it in the second round.
Armed with three selections in the round – Nos. 40, 48 and 50 – the Wolves traded down from 40 and dealt away 48.
In trading the No. 40 pick to Charlotte, the Wolves picked up the No. 45 selection and grabbed Memphis forward Josh Minott.
The 6-foot-8 Minott played just one season at Memphis. In 33 games, of which he started five, he averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.6 minutes while shooting 52.2% from the field.
Despite his limited playing time, Minott finished 15th in the AAC in offensive rebounds (52) and 18th in blocks (22). He also was named to the AAC All-Freshman team.
Minnesota kept No. 50 and chose guard Matteo Spagnolo, a 19-year-old from Italy. The 6-5 Spagnolo played for Vanoli Cremona this past season and averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He sank 30 of 68 (44.1%) 3-point attempts.