Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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MINNEAPOLIS The nine-player Timberwolves are no longer.In the aftermath of four injuries in a week, including one that will keep Chase Budinger out until February or March, the Timberwolves have agreed to contract terms with 32-year-old veteran wing player Josh Howard, pending a physical, according to ESPN.com and Associated Press. He reportedly will sign a veteran's minimum contract, which in his case would be worth 1.23 million. In order to sign Howard, the Timberwolves would have had to cut a player per NBA rules; the team has not yet confirmed the player cut.Howard, a nine-year NBA veteran, has been out of the league this season after spending 2011-12 with Utah, where he averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. That's down from his career high of 19.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in 2007-08 with Dallas, but if it's the kind of production he brings to the Timberwolves, it should be plenty to fill in for Budinger over the next three or four months as he recovers from a torn meniscus. How...
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