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Timberwolves land Jarrett Culver in first round of NBA Draft

June 21, 2019 12:17 AM

After swinging a trade involving pick No. 11 and forward Dario Saric to land No. 6 from Phoenix, the Timberwolves via the Suns selected Texas Tech shooting guard Jarrett Culver. The trade can't become official until July 6 because of salary cap ramifications.

After talks with New Orleans for pick No. 4 didn't result in action, which might've resulted in Vanderbilt's Darius Garland being the target, the Wolves found a willing partner in the Suns.

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Culver is an exciting two-way player, but only shot 30.4 percent from three as a sophomore. He made 38.2 percent from long range as a freshman and on 3.9 attempts per game. He also only shot 68.7 percent from the free throw line in his college career.

The Wolves met with Culver at the Combine and saw him at his Pro Day in Phoenix in late May, but didn't have him in town for a workout.

The Wolves also got an up-close look at Culver when he led Texas Tech to the championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium in April. Head coach Ryan Saunders and many members of the front office were there.

One league source said the Wolves were remaining active in trade talks, so there's no guarantee yet that Culver remains here.

Update, 8:21 p.m.: a league source tells KSTP that Wolves president of operations Gersson Rosas told Culver that he plans on keeping him.

In the 2nd round, the Timberwolves selected shooting guard Jaylen Nowell out of the of the University of Washington. He was the Pac 12 Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season.

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