A report from the Wolves' twitter page says that NBA veteran Bonzi Wells had recently showed up to training camp as an invitee! However, he wasn't able to participate in any contact drills as he's awaiting FIBA clearance.
Wells last played in the NBA during the 2007-08 season with the Houston Rockets. Coincidentally, he played for Adelman during his first year as the Houston Rockets head coach. During his 10-year career, Bonzi has played for five different NBA teams: Portland Trailblazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets and the Houston Rockets. Wells last played for Capitanes de Arecibo of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional--the main Puerto Rican basketball league. He initially left the NBA, after the '07-'08 season, because he refused to accept the veteran's minimum salary.
The Timberwolves are in dire need of a veteran presence as well as a solid 2-guard. That could also be why the Timberwolves may look to make a blind bid to Chauncey Billups, who was recently amnestied by the New York Knicks. I wouldn't count on it however, as Billups has been very vocal that he doesn't want to get claimed on waivers and won't be happy if he does, he's "tired of being the glue guy!" Another option could be Richard Hamilton, who was recently bought out by the Detroit Pistons. There is a chance, but, most have Rip going to Chicago.
There's no guarantee that Bonzi will actually make the team, but it's certainly something interesting to keep an eye on!! Furthermore, the Timberwolves are reportedly looking to sign free agent....J.J. Barea! The former Dallas Maverick is a free agent and indications are the Mavs won't offer him a deal. The New York Knicks are the only other reported team looking to bid for his services, so it seems as though J.J. could potentially be a TWolves guard sometime soon...AND, to be clear, I'm not happy about it. If we overspend on this flashy, quick guard who had a couple of good playoff games, David Kahn will be making yet another big mistake--let New York have him!
More from Adelman following today's practice: "They worked really hard. I thought they did a lot better today." The TWovles are in good shape and Rick has said that they don't intend to have any two-a-days at this point, however they're gonna go hard, "I think for the most part, we're going to scrimmage a lot, so they're going to get a lot of up and down."
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your TWolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!