The Washington Wizards' infatuation with Minnesota continues. The Wizards agreed in principle last night to a deal that would send the No. 5 overall pick, Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Mike Miller and guard Randy Foye, two league sources said.
The Wizards had been open to dealing the pick from the moment they slipped to the fifth pick in the draft lottery. Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards' president of basketball operations, was considering several offers and had spoken with more than a dozen teams, but he jumped on the offer from Minnesota two days before tomorrow's NBA draft.
The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade, which could be summarized as a swap of a high draft pick and role players for two possible starters, will not be finalized until today.
Having already hired two former Timberwolves head coaches in Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman, a former Timberwolves assistant in Don Zierden and a former Timberwolves player in Sam Cassell, the Wizards continue to raid the Land of 10,000 Lakes.