As Draft workouts end, new speculation about MarShon Brooks to Minnesota

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Is this MarShon Brooks last day as a Brooklyn Net? Chad Ford in his last chat before the Draft twice told fans he believes Brooks could be Minnesota-bound ... and soon.

At one point , he was asked, "Marshon Brooks for Wolves' 26th pick close to a done draft-night deal?" Ford responded, "Decent chance it gets done on draft night ... yes."

And at another, talking about the Nets pursuit of Kevin Garnett, Ford wrote, "KG would be a huge get for the Nets. If they stay at 22 someone like Gorgui Dieng, Tony Snell are possibilities. They're also talking about moving MarShon Brooks for 26."

Not long after his chat, Ford reported the T-Wolves may have another use for the 26th pick, although it's unlikely to bear fruit.

"The latest rumbles have them reaching out to the Magic, Bobcats and Suns offering Derrick Williams and the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in return for Orlando's No. 2 pick, Charlotte's No. 4 pick or Phoenix's No. 5 pick," Ford and Marc Stein reported.

Sam Amico of FOX Sports also thinks Brooks is gone, writing "The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves are 'close' on a deal that would send Nets guard MarShon Brooks to the Timberwolves for the 26th pick, multiple sources said."

The Brooks rumor has been circulating now for two days without confirmation and there's nothing but speculation about what the Nets would do with a second first round pick -- combine them to move up so they could take Sergei Karasev or Shane Larkin, two reported Nets favorites destined to go in the teens? trade them in a package for an established NBA player?

Stefan Bondy speculated that the Nets could be trying to garner Thomas Robinson, but didn't say how. The Nets are capped out.

Still, it's the only rumor out there as the finished it workout schedule with auditions for six players Wednesday. Gorgui Dieng of Louisville headlined the workout and Gregg Polinsky, the Nets long time chief scout, thought he could step into the Nets rotation if available and taken.

"I think he’s got a chance (to crack a rotation)" Polinsky said. "You don’t want to speak for any other team and obviously, that would be up to Coach Kidd if, in fact, he were to land here. He definitely has a maturity about him and a presence and I think we saw that over the course of his career there and particularly this year as they made their run to the title."

The Nets also worked out DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State's 6'7" swingman projected as a second rounder, and A.J. Matthews, who dominated Division III with Farmingdale State. Matthews, a seven-footer and Brooklyn native, could get a summer league invitation. Although nothing is scheduled for Thursday, Draft Day, in the past. the Nets have invited prospects in for workouts the morning of the Draft.

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