Found December 12, 2011 on
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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI
AP Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are closing in on a deal with free agent point guard J.J. Barea.
Two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday that Barea could have a deal finished as early as Tuesday. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced. NBA.com first reported the agreement.
Barea spent the past five years in Dallas. He blossomed during the Mavericks' run to the NBA title last season, using his speed and quickness to create mismatches. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 assists last season as the change-of-pace backup to Jason Kidd.
Barea will join point guards Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour in Minnesota.
The Wolves have also agreed to terms on a three-year deal with second-round draft pick Malcolm Lee.
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MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves have many players capable of playing multiple positions, and Wesley Johnson is one of them.Johnson, a second-year player out of Syracuse, was drafted fourth overall by the Wolves in 2010. In his rookie season, he played both small forward and shooting guard and averaged 9.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.With plenty of forwards on the roster...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves continued to get their roster into shape Tuesday by winnowing the number of bodies on their crowded front line, and the numbers game sent Marquette Universitys No. 2 career scorer packing.The Timberwolves traded Lazar Hayward, who averaged 3.8 pionts and 1.7 rebounds in 10.0 minutes during 42 games for the Timberwolves last season, to Oklahoma...
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday waived training camp invitees Dominique Johnson and Shaun Pruitt.
Johnson, a 6-3 guard from Azusa Pacific, was an NAIA All-American first team selection in 2010 after leading the Cougars in scoring at 17.1 points per game. He began the 2011-12 season with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds...
The "wow, David Kahn really likes point guards" class of jokes was starting to wear a little thin. Sure, he'd signed what seemed to be dozens of them over the course of his tenure in Minnesota (I'm not sure of the actual number. You can go here to try to count for yourself. I tried, but started to go cross-eyed), but that's all in the past.
Here is the T-Wolves roster at the end of the 2008-2009 season, the year before David Kahn took over.
Centers: Calvin Booth, Jason Collins
Forwards: Corey Brewer, Brian Cardinal, Rodney Carney, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Mark Madsen, Mike Miller, Craig Smith, Shelden Williams
Guards: Bobby Brown, Randy Foye, Rashad McCants, Kevin Ollie, Sebastian Telfair
Bill Simmons wrote this as a footnote in his column today where he discusses the possible Clippers/N.O. trade which might have included the Wolves first-round unprotected pick:
Minny's pick might be overrated. The following teams have less talent on their roster: Cleveland, Toronto, Charlotte, Washington, New Orleans. The following teams MIGHT finish worse than them: Utah...
The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized their contract with No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams and signed him to his rookie deal.
Tim Allen from Canis transcribes:
On meeting with Rick Adelman:
"It was great. We just covered the basics of what this year's going to be like. Personnel and the foundation that we already have here, and basically my role with the team, how fast it's going to go and what you expect from the team and from me through camp. Just a lot of the basics."...
The Minnesota Timberwolves are closing in on a deal with free agent point guard J.J. Barea. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday that Barea could have a deal finished as early as Tuesday. The people requested anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded forward Lazar Hayward to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two conditional second-round draft picks and guard Robert Vaden.
A first impression says Ricky Rubio will fit nicely with the Wolves as a ball distributor.
The Timberwolves have traded Lazar Hayward to the for two conditional second-round draft picks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired forward Lazar Hayward from the Minnesota Timberwolves for a 2012 second round pick, a future conditional second round selection and guard Robert Vaden.