Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams, playing for Minnesota's entry in the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas, confirmed Tuesday, July 17, that he was aware of the possibility he would be traded to Portland as part of a sign-and-trade package in the Wolves' efforts to land forward Nicolas Batum, a restricted free agent.

"It was real," Williams told CSNNW.com on Tuesday. "My agent (Rob Pelinka) told me to be aware and know what's going on at all times. It definitely looked like I was headed to Portland at one point, but I couldn't really focus on that because I play for the Timberwolves. But it's hard."

Williams' revelation to Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports Net Northwest, a website based in Portland, was the latest chapter in an ongoing drama surrounding the Wolves' pursuit of Batum, a 6-foot-8 small forward the team has coveted to help improve perimeter scoring.