Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The past few days since the Target Center opened on Thursday, various Wolves players have shown up to workout, before training camps begin on December 9th. Anthony Randolph came on Thursday, on Saturday Kevin Love showed up and today, Malcolm Lee was in the gym--along with Love and....Devean George?
The former-Laker, who was a piece on that squad, during there heyday with Shaquille O'Neal & Kobe Bryant. George last played in the NBA in 2009-10 with the Golden State Warriors, which was his 11th year in the League. He hopes to stick around with the Wolves and help mentor some of the young players on the squad. He's going to attend training camp and it sounds as though, he'll stick around whether or not a roster spot opens up via trade or injuries--working in player development.
George learned from some of the best: Ron Harper, John Salley, Mitch Richmond, Shaquille O'Neal, Brian Shaw, Glen Rice, Karl Malone & Kobe Bryant. Now, at 34, George hopes to do the same for the Timberwolves.
Devean George is born and raised in Minnesota and played his college ball at Augsburg College. He was drafted 23rd overall in the 1999 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1999-2006 he was a Laker and over those years, because of his hustle, defense & outside shooting he was a fixture by his third season in Los Angeles and did basically whatever was asked of him, which made him a fan & organization favorite.
In August 2006 he signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks and in no time he gained Avery Johnson's trust and became an integral piece in their gameplan. He re-upped with the Mavericks for the 2007-08 season. In February of 2008 he blocked a trade that would've sent him to New Jersey & Jason Kidd to Dallas. Eventually Kidd came to Dallas, but George wasn't involved in the trade. The beginning of July 2009 he was traded to the Raptors and at the end of that month was traded again to the Golden State Warriors.
George didn't play at all last season, because off court issues kept him off the court. On the Timberwolves, he has played with former-Warriors: Anthony Randolph & Anthony Tolliver. George has said that the Wolves are the only he'll look to play/help this season, because Minnesota is his home, he doesn't want to go anywhere else.
Because the Timberwolves currently have 13 players under contract and they still haven't signed rookies: Derrick Williams & Malcolm Lee (which should happen in the coming days). As such, George will likely be a part of player development and will be a welcome addition to a Wolves squad that really lacked veteran leadership last year--with the oldest player being 29-year-old Ridnour.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your Timberwolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
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