Quentin Batalillon

General News 2024

Timberwolves acquire No. 8 pick Rob Dillingham from Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs are sending Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham, the No. 8 pick in this year’s NBA draft, to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Spurs expanded their future draft pick stash by acquiring a 2031 unprotected first-round pick and a 2030 top-one protected pick swap from the Timberwolves, according to sources on Wednesday.

Minnesota adds another backcourt option for the team as Anthony Edwards continues his ascension and last year’s starting point guard Mike Conley, 36, moves closer to the end of his career after completing his 17th NBA season.

Dillingham joins his Kentucky backcourt mate, Reed Sheppard, as a top-eight pick. This marks the fourth time Kentucky has had multiple freshmen in the top 10, breaking the tie with Duke for the most picks of any school.

Dillingham was a 2023-24 All-SEC selection and was the SEC Sixth Man of the Year last season. He averaged 15.2 points and 3.9 assists while shooting 44.4% from three-point range.

The Timberwolves went 56-26 last season, the second-best record in franchise history. They reached the conference finals for only the second time, and the team rewarded coach Chris Finch with a four-year extension earlier this week.

According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Minnesota’s luxury tax bill increases from $56 million to $84 million with the addition of Dillingham’s salary.

Because of the Rudy Gobert trade, the team only had two first-round picks available to trade this season: the No. 27 pick in this draft and the 2031 pick that went to San Antonio. Minnesota still owns the 2026 and 2028 picks, as well as a partially protected 2030 pick, but could not hand out picks in consecutive years due to league rules.

San Antonio also has trade rights with Dallas in the 2030 draft and can choose between the more favorable pick of Minnesota or Dallas.

The eighth pick would be San Antonio’s second selection of the night. With pick No. 4, the Spurs selected guard Stephon Castle from UConn. San Antonio still has selections Nos. 35 and 48 in the second round.