First off, the 14 guaranteed (which, I assume a lot of you already know): Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea, Malcolm Lee, Brandon Roy, Alexey Shved, Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams, Kevin Love, Louis Amundson, Dante Cunningham, Nikola Pekovic and Greg Stiemsma. The one partially guaranteed contract is 29-year-old point guard Will Conroy. According to Darren Wolfson, that guarantee is for $100,000!
The other five invitees include...
Mike Harris. Harris is a 6'6" forward. He played for the Timberwolves' Summer League, earlier this offseason. He has played in the NBA, with stops in Washington & Houston, comprising of 34 career games.
Chris Johnson. Johnson is a 6'11" center. He's played in roughly two NBA seasons, with stops in Boston, Portland and New Orleans. He provides an insurance policy if Greg Stiemsma's foot continues to give him problems.
Phil Jones. Jones is a 6'10" forward/center. He's played the last couple seasons, overseas.
Seth Tarver. Tarver is a 6'5" guard who's played his last two seasons in the D-League.
Jermaine Taylor. Taylor is a 6'4" guard who has played for Rick Adelman (during his time in Houston--likely the reason he's getting this invite).
According to Darren Wolfson, the TWolves also tried to get free agent swingman and former Milwaukee Bucks star Michael Redd into camp, but he turned them down.
Most of these players with non-guaranteed or a partially guaranteed contract(s) are real longshots to make the opening night roster. However, chances are if the TWolves decide to sign one of them to fill that last open roster spot. It'd be between Chris Johnson (if Stiemsma has injury problems), Conroy (providing another guard until Rubio gets back) or Jermaine Taylor (familiarity with Adelman's system...and again another guard until Ricky returns).
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!