Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves will likely come to training camp on December 9th with 15 players under contract, however they're still looking at some free agents.
Currently under contract are 13 players and by training camp, rookies: Derrick Williams & Malcolm Lee should have contracts.
As such, that doesn't leave to much room for any more players. However, that hasn't prevented David Kahn to reach out to a number of different free agents.
The first is forward/center: Chuck Hayes. Last season, the 6-6 Hayes started at center for Rick Adelman's Rockets and he could reunite with his coach in Minnesota and easily snag the starting center job. According to Calvin Andrews (Hayes agent), Chuck has also received interest from the Portland Trailblazers, Toronto Raptors & Sacramento Kings. Hayes, has stated that he hopes to remain in Houston and he will likely have a decision "nailed down" by this weekend.
The next free agent the Wolves have expressed interest in, is Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo. Afflalo is a restricted free agent, so any offer he receives the Nuggets will be able to match it and that's exactly what they intend to do. It would have to be a crazy offer from the Wolves for Afflalo to come here, but if he did, he'd almost definitely be able to step into a starting role. Along with the Wolves & Nuggets, the Bulls, Lakers and Nets have all expressed interest, but I'd fully expect Afflalo to be a Nugget in 2011-12.
Another veteran shooting guard the Wolves are reportedly looking at is Von Wafer. The role player for Boston last season will be an unrestricted free agent. Along with the Wolves, the Blazers, Suns and Hornets are all interested in Wafer's services. Wafer would battle Wes Johnson & Wayne Ellington for playing time at the '2'.
The Wolves are definitely interested in finding a veteran player. As such it's no surprise the Wolves are interested in swingman Shane Battier. The former Houston Rocket is obviously familiar with Rick Adelman and his system, but how much time would he receive with all the versatile forwards currently on the roster? I fully expect Battier to sign on with a contender. Beyond Minnesota, the Grizzlies, Rockets, Heat, Thunder and Bulls are all interested in Battier.
These are just the reported players that David Kahn has looked into so far, I'm sure he's got his eyes on a few more as well. He has said that there's a good chance that someone may be cut to be able to sign a free agent. The most likely candidate (to me) would have to be Lazar Hayward. Of course nothing is imminent and Hayward could easily remain with the Wolves this season.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your Timberwolves news, information and updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
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