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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Quincy Miller Could Be A Nice Trade Chip

In the first post-lottery mock draft from Yahoo! Sports columnist and Draft Express founder Jonathan Givony, Baylor forward Quincy Miller slips to the Minnesota Timberwolves at No. 18.

But while teaming up with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love would be an almost ideal situation for Miller, Givony isn't sure the Timberwolves would be interested in another project:

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah)

Quincy Miller: SF, 19, 6-9, 200, Baylor, Fresh.

After eight straight years of missing the playoffs, and with general manager David Kahn entering the final year of his contract, Minnesota will need to make some moves this summer to improve its roster and finally break its postseason drought. The Timberwolves are especially weak at the wing positions, where they could desperately use some additional scoring punch to take the heat off Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Unless they end up reaching for an experienced perimeter shooting wing like Jeff Taylor, Darius Miller or Orlando Johnson, the T'wolves might be best off drafting the best talent available -- this case Quincy Miller -- and trying to pursue help on the wing in trades and/or free agency.

Miller, who has the talent of a lottery pick but the production of a second-rounder in his one season at Baylor, could be an ideal trade chip, especially if one team falls in love with him in the middle of the first round.

With so many raw underclassmen like Miller in the draft, it's no longer the best place to find immediate help. That's why it may make more sense for a desperate team like Minnesota, which currently has the longest active playoff drought in the NBA, to take the best available player and try to shop him around the NBA.

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