Wolves draft Babbitt at 16, trade to Portland

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Nevada shooter Luke Babbitt with the 16th overall pick and immediately shipped him and veteran Ryan Gomes to Portland for Martell Webster.

A person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press the deal was in place Thursday night. The person requested anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced.

Babbitt gives the Blazers a shooter to spread the floor for LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy.

Webster averaged 9.4 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Blazers last year and immediately upgrades the athleticism for Minnesota.

Gomes spent the past three seasons in Minnesota after coming over from Boston in the Kevin Garnett trade. He averaged 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds last year.