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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-09-18

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-09-18

Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-09-18PLAYER NEWS:

--G Antonio Daniels, 34, was acquired from New Orleans with a future second-round pick on Sept. 9 for Darius Songaila and Bobby Brown in a trade that gives the Wolves an experienced point guard to mentor youngsters Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions. But mostly it's a salary-cap move that sends away Songaila, who has two years remaining on his contract, for a player whose $6.6 million contract comes off the books next summer.

--G Sasha Pavlovic is expected to sign a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Wolves after he reached a reported $1.25 buyout agreement with Phoenix. The former Cleveland Cavalier was traded to the Suns with Ben Wallace for Shaquille O'Neal this past summer.

--C Mark Blount and G Chucky Atkins are expected to be released before the Wolves begin training camp Sept. 29 in Mankato, Minn.


Ricky Rubio, G, 6-5, Spain (first round) -- Wolves hoped, but never though, precocious 18-year-old point guard whom David Kahn calls both "transformational" and a "virtuoso," would drop to them at No. 5. Now the question is, when, of if, will he ever play for them?

Jonny Flynn, 6-0, Syracuse (first round) ? Kahn "loved, loved" him enough to make Flynn the second point guard the team took in a matter of five minutes. Wolves love his athleticism, toughness, leadership and predict he will be become one of the league's best on-ball defenders, one big reason they envision him being able to play with Rubio.

Ty Lawson, 6-1, North Carolina (first round) -- Took him with the 18th pick only to trade him to Denver for a future first-round pick owed the Nuggets from Charlotte (top 12 protected in 2010).

Wayne Ellington, 6-5, North Carolina (first round) -- A team that bypassed Stephon Curry with their first two first-round picks finally chose one with the 28th, taking a player a shooter with deep range who Kahn calls considerably underrated.

Nick Calathes, 6-6, Florida (second round) -- Point guard who has signed with a Greek team next season was taken 45th overall, then dealt to Dallas for a 2010 second-round pick and cash.

Henk Norel, 6-11 forward, the Netherlands (second round) -- Long, athletic big man needs a couple more seasons' preparation in Europe before he could be ready for the NBA.

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