When asked about William’s situation in Minnesota, Ford had this to say:
From everything I can gather, he’s available. It’s just about finding the right deal. Head coach Rick Adelman would prefer another veteran big to fill out the rotation. I think GM Flip Saunders wants a little more value. I know the Kings have a lot interest in Williams and might have the right combination of veterans to make a deal (Jason Williams? Chuck Hayes?).
Presumably, Ford means Jason Thompson rather than Jason Williams, unless the Timberwolves expect the Kings to time-travel back to 2001.
Derrick Williams was selected 2nd overall out of Arizona in the 2011 draft and has been a fairly massive bust for the Timberwolves, who have emerged as one of the best squads in the West so far this season. Williams, a 6’8 power forward, has failed to convert to small forward so as to play next to Timberwolves star Kevin Love. Williams has struggled to find his offense in the pros, shooting a career 42.2 percent and just 30 percent from three.
While a Hayes/Williams swap wouldn’t have huge consequences for Sacramento aside from losing a veteran lockerroom presence, trading Thompson—a starter and the most consistant non-DeMarcus Cousins big-man—would indicate the Kings were in full rebuilding mode. Ford said earlier on Monday that the Kings were “all-in” on tanking for the 2014 NBA draft and ranked them 2nd overall in his weekly “Tank Rank” article.