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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-03


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-03


Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-03The Timberwolves on Monday made a $3.7 million wager that third-year guard Corey Brewer's surgically repaired knee will remain strong and that a jump shot that has looked iffy thus far in his young career will continue to improve.

Wolves basketball boss David Kahn exercised team options for the 2010-11 season on Brewer and second-year forward Kevin Love and declined to do with so with forward Oleksiy Pecherov in decisions that will leave the team flush with salary-cap space when perhaps the most awaited summer ever of NBA free agency arrives next July.

Love's $3.6 million extension was certain. Pecherov's $2.3 million extension was unlikely.

Brewer's deal was the one that took some thought, and perhaps some faith.

Kahn said he extended Love and Brewer because he is convinced both players have the desire and work ethic to be great.

He did so also because he said he believes Brewer will become a better shooter.

"I do," he said. "Not today. It'd be way too premature to suggest that he will ever become a natural shooter or a prolific shooter. But as he and I have discussed very candidly, he has to become a reliable shooter in this league or he won't play. He's a wing. Backcourt player in this league, if you can't shoot from the outside, you just won't play.

"He gets that, and he's the first to acknowledge that. That's one of the things he has worked so hard at, and it is a better shot than it used to be. It needs to get better still."

Kahn waited until Monday's deadline to inform all three players of his decisions at the same time.

"I didn't really think about it," Brewer said. "It was either going to happen or it wasn't going to happen. I'm happy it happened, though. It's always good to know you have a guaranteed job next season. It's good to know they think you're part of the future here.

"I like being here, and I want to be a Timberwolf. I felt I need to prove (in this season's first five weeks) that I could still play, because I didn't play for a whole year and the rookie year I had wasn't very good."

CLIPPERS 93, WOLVES 90: The Wolves lost their third consecutive game after a season-opening comeback victory over New Jersey, and the Clippers won for the first time after an 0-4 start.

Clippers center Chris Kaman had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Rasual Butler made four consecutive free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Clippers held off a Wolves team that got 24 points from Al Jefferson, whose offensive game is starting to return in his recovery from February knee surgery.

The Wolves trailed by 13 points in the third quarter but used a 16-5 run to get back into the game.

They led briefly, 80-78, after Jefferson made a turnaround bank shot with 6:48 remaining in the fourth, but the Clippers scored the next six points to regain the lead.

When Jefferson tied the game at 86-86 with a tip-in with 1:45 left, Eric Gordon answered with a driving layup that put the Clippers ahead for good.


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Added: November 3, 2009

 

 
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