Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Chase Budinger, as I'm sure you well know has torn his lateral meniscus in his left knee. On Tuesday, he underwent surgery and a timetable of 3-4 months has been set as his return. As such, the Minnesota Timberwolves are now in dire need of another 'wing' player (some who's capable of playing both small forward and shooting guard).
According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities the Minnesota Timberwolves have reached out to veteran small forward free agents Josh Howard and Mickael Pietrus.
According to Wolfson, the Wolves 'worked out' free agent Josh Howard when they were in Dallas on Sunday/Monday. They haven't put Pietrus through a workout yet, though they have been in contact with his 'camp'.
Other names that have surfaced include free agent swingman Chris Douglas-Roberts and a potential trade with the Utah Jazz for Raja Bell. I noted Michael Redd in my previous post on this topic, though I haven't heard his name come up in these rumors (beyond the Wolves wanting him to come to training camp with them back in October). Wolfson also mentioned that the Wolves had the opportunity to sign free agent Kenyon Martin on Tuesday, but declined (if Nikola Pekovic's ankle sprain had been more severe, I'm sure they would have considered Martin, however they're in need of a swingman not a power forward/center).
The Timberwolves however, have a full fifteen-man roster, currently and their only option, if they want to sign someone, is to waive a player currently on the roster--likely seldom-used point guard Will Conroy.
Now the challenge becomes getting a veteran forward to take the minimum ($1.2million--same as Lou Amundson's making) by enticing them with minutes a decent role, a great coach and (currently) a winning basketball team.
I'm sure we'll have more on this very soon, until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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