Minnesota Timberwolves Transactions: Wolves Sign Sundiata Gaines For Backcourt Depth

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Timberwolves Sign Sundiata Gaines, Waive Maurice Ager

The Timberwolves made an addition to their backcourt this morning when they signed free-agent point guard Sundiata Gaines, as they announced via their official public relations Twitter account.

Gaines, 24, appeared in 35 games for the Utah Jazz last season, averaging 3.3 points and 1.2 assists per game. He got his big break following a stint with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, where he averaged 23.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.9 assists while making 52.2 percent of his field goal attempts. Utah elected not to guarantee his contract for this season, making him a free agent.

Injuries to point guards Jonny Flynn and Luke Ridnour necessitated Gaines’ signing.

To make room on the roster for Gaines, Minnesota waived combo guard Maurice Ager. In four appearances this season, he averaged 3.8 points.

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Timberwolves Finish Summer Moves With Two More Training-Camp Signings

Via Twitter, Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune reports that the Timberwolves have signed DerMarr Johnson and Jason Hart to complete their training-camp roster.

Johnson, 30, was the sixth overall pick in the forgettable 2000 NBA Draft. His last NBA action came as a San Antonio Spur in the 2007/08 season. At 6-foot-9, he can play either wing position, and owns career averages of 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Hart, 32, is a journeyman point guard, having played for nine teams in his nine-year career. He appeared in one game with the Timberwolves last season, but they dealt him to the Phoenix Suns for Alando Tucker in December. He is a 41.7 percent career shooter and not a scoring threat, but his 2.3-to-0.8 assist-to-turnover ratio indicates he can at least take care of the ball.

Johnson and Hart join Maurice Ager and John Thomas as the Wolves' camp invitees.

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Wolves Sign Combo Guard Maurice Ager For Training Camp

As first reported by HoopsHype, the Timberwolves have reached a contract agreement with free-agent combo guard Maurice Ager, who is set to join the team for training camp; SB Nation Minnesota independently confirmed the story through a source close to the situation.

The Dallas Mavericks made Ager, 26, the 28th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft, but he struggled to find his niche in the NBA. In three seasons split between the Mavericks and the New Jersey Nets, Ager shot 32.6 percent from the field and averaged only two points, 0.5 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. His lack of offensive production became problematic, as he was meant to be a shoot-first sparkplug at the NBA level, based on his 19.3 points per game average in his final collegiate season at Michigan State.

However, Ager has rebranded himself as a combo guard by improving his passing skills. Filling that role last season for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, Ager averaged 3.4 assists per game, on top of 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 47.6 percent shooting. The source says Timberwolves management watched film of those D-League performances and was impressed enough to invite him to camp.

Ager, who is 6-foot-5, nearly signed a training-camp contract with the New York Knicks last month, according to the source, but the deal fell through.

Minnesota could use another versatile guard like Ager. Second-year players Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington join veterans Luke Ridnour and Sebastian Telfair as the only guards on the roster.

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Timberwolves To Bring John Thomas, 35, To Training Camp

Since David Kahn took over as GM, the Timberwolves have been anything but conventional with their personnel signings. That trend will continue into training camp, as Wolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports they will bring 35-year-old John Thomas, who hasn’t played at the NBA level since the 2005/06 season, to camp:

#Timberwolves will bring former Gopher C John Thomas — now 35 — to training camp so they have another big body who can bang in Mankato.less than a minute ago via web


Thomas played for the Timberwolves during the 2004/05 season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds in 44 appearances. Zgoda makes it sound as though he’s not there to actually make the team, but rather to serve as an extra body in practice. There are certainly worse ways Thomas could try to earn a few bucks in the fall.

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Timberwolves Waive Greg Stiemsma, Save Money

This morning, Jonah Ballow of the Timberwolves’ official website announced via Twitter that the team has waived Greg Stiemsma:

The #Twolves waived center Greg Stiemsma. The 24-year old was signed as a free agent on April 13less than a minute ago via web

 

If you’re wondering who Stiemsma is, that’s perfectly reasonable. The 6-foot-11 center went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2008 and spent two years in the NBA D-League before the Wolves signed him to a two-year deal last April 13th, which is two days before the end of the season. He never appeared in a game for the Wolves.

According to ShamSports’ salary database, the web’s most reliable NBA salary resource, Stiemsma’s contract for the coming season would have become $100,000 guaranteed if he were still on the roster on September 15th. Minnesota waived him to avoid that obligation, which means that, for his willingness to join the Timberwolves for two days in April, Stiemsma pocketed $5,383 plus whatever amount of money he made playing for their Summer League team. Incidentally, he averaged 0.6 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game for Minnesota’s summer-league squad this year.

Despite the fact that he went undrafted, Stiemsma’s time in the D-League proved he could play a bit. Last season, he average 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.6 blocked shots, in addition to winning the league’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. Those numbers suggest he’s worthy of at least an NBA training-camp invitation, but as previously explained, bringing him to camp would have cost the Wolves $100,000 in guaranteed money. Having waived him to avoid that salary hit, Minnesota can now invite him to training camp on a different contract, if it so chooses.

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Timberwolves Sign Anthony Tolliver For Two Years, $4.8 Million

The Timberwolves have fortified their front line with the addition of athletic big man Anthony Tolliver on a two-year deal, Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse reports.

Tolliver, 25, has appeared in 65 games over his two NBA seasons, with career averages of 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. He’s cashing in on his decent season with the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors, for whom he averaged 12.3 points and 7.3 boards.

Though he adds depth at center and power forward, the Wolves will need to work with him on his shot selection. For his career, he’s averaged three three-point attempts per game despite converting at only a 30.6% clip.

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Luke Ridnour Deal Officially Done

It’s been known for about one week now, but the Minnesota Timberwolves will make it official with an introduction tomorrow at Target Center. The team has signed point guard Luke Ridnour to a 4-year, $16 million contract.

Luke Ridnour deal is done. He’ll be introduced tomorrow at Target Center at noon.

The team is said to have point guard Ramon Sessions on the trading block. They signed him to the same terms last off-season.

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Report: Timberwolves Sign Luke Ridnour

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets this morning that the Minnesota Timberwolves have signed point guard Luke Ridnour to a 4-year, $16 million deal. The Wolves signed Ramon Sessions to the same contract last off-season, and are now expected to trade him.

Luke Ridnour has agreed in principle to a 4-year, $16 million deal with Wolves, sources say. Wolves may move Ramon Sessions to Charlotte.

Whether you like the recent moves by the Timberwolves or not, you certainly can’t say that they’ve done nothing. The Wolves have made three deals since Monday and more should be on the way.

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Report: Timberwolves Close To A Deal With Luke Ridnour

According to a tweet by Yahoo! Sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski, the Minnesota Timberwolves are close to signing another point guard. After signing Ramon Sessions to a 4-year, $16 million contract last off-season, the team is now closing in on Luke Ridnour for the same price.

Free agent guard Luke Ridnour is close to accepting a four year, $16 million offer with Minnesota, a league source tells Y!

It is believed that Sessions is now available in a trade, but there have been no reports on interested teams.

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Timberwolves Don't Get David Lee

Despite a nine hour visit and numerous sign-and-trade possibilities, forward David Lee will not be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The free agent has agreed to a deal with the Golden State Warriors and will head to the West Coast in a sign-and-trade deal that will send Anthony Randolph and two other players to the New York Knicks.

Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN.com that Lee has agreed to a sign-and-trade worth $80 million dollars over six years with the Golden State Warriors.

“There was a lot of different ways this could have gone and I needed [the Knicks] to help,” Bartelstein said. “They were great about it.”

The deal will send Lee to the Warriors for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike among others.

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3-Way Deal Could Send Jefferson Packing, Land Lee In Minnesota

After free agent forward David Lee spent nine hours in Minnesota, he said it’d likely be two or three days before he makes a decision. According to the New York Post, if the New York Knicks sign Amar’e Stoudemire, it could set up a three-way trade involving the Wolves.

When Stoudemire becomes official, it would end the five-year era of David Lee, but set up a possibility of a sign-and-trade to add another piece. There’s been rumors of a three-way trade talk between Golden State, Minnesota and the Knicks where Lee winds up with the Timberwolves, Monta Ellis comes to the Knicks and Al Jefferson goes to Golden State. Lee visited Minnesota yesterday and it has only $7 million in cap room, meaning he’d want a sign-and-trade.

All along it was going to take a sign-and-trade for the Wolves to sign a bigger free agent, and it seems that they may have a plan to move Jefferson and net one of their top targets in the same deal.

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After Busy Visit, David Lee Heads Home

The Timberwolves entertained their first free agent today as they invited in forward David Lee. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune tweets Lee’s busy schedule:

David Lee toured TC, saw some of the city and suburbs and attended Twins game for a few innings during 9-hour #Timberwolves visit

Team President David Kahn made Lee’s stop a lengthy one, but it shouldn’t take long to hear more on his decision. Zgoda tweets that Lee will weigh his options for a few days.

David Lee just left #Timberwolves and MSP headed home for St. Louis to ponder options, mentioned “48 to 72 hours” timetable to mull decision

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Wolves Sign Darko Milicic

After the Minnesota Timberwolves gave Darko Milicic an opportunity to play last season, the 7-foot center averaged 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while averging nearly 26 minutes in 24 games.

ESPN’s Chad Ford tweets that Milicic is staying put in Minneapolis:

Breaking News: Wolves agree to a 4 year, $20 mil deal with Darko Milicic.

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