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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-10-02


Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-10-02


Minnesota Timberwolves Roster Report 2009-10-02PLAYER NEWS:

--G Jason Hart was a late addition to the training-camp roster and is being considered for a third point-guard spot. The Wolves are looking for a veteran to mentor young point guards Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions and will audition Hart, who has played for seven teams in eight NBA seasons.

--F Corey Brewer participated fully in camp's first six practices in his return from December surgery to repair a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and coach Kurt Rambis said he intends to rely upon Brewer's length and athleticism to be his defensive stopper.

--G Antonio Daniels and C Mark Blount are not in camp and their agents have been given permission to find work with other teams. If their agents cannot arrange a trade, the Wolves are expected to buyout each player out of his expiring contract. Both were acquired in summer trade strictly to give the Wolves more salary-cap space next summer.

DRAFT PICKS:

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.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 2, 2009

 

 
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