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Josh Howard signs with injury-ravaged Timberwolves

Nov 15, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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Minnesota has been ravaged by injuries — Kevin Love (hand), Ricky Rubio (knee), Chase Budinger (knee), Brandon Roy (knees), J.J. Barea (foot), and Nikola Pekovic (ankle).

So as we hinted could happen, they have brought in some help — a one-year deal with swingman Josh Howard, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN and other sources. This is a one-year minimum deal and he could play for Minnesota on Friday if he passes a physical (he worked out for the team already, this shouldn’t be an issue).

While many people remember the Howard who was a scoring machine with Dallas five years ago, he was not nearly as effective his last couple seasons in Utah. Last season he averaged 8.9 points per game on 39.9 percent shooting and 24.3 percent from three, with as many turnovers as assists. He had a PER of 10.5 — the kind of number that gets a younger player sent to the D-League.

But he may be the best guy out there on the free agent market. Minnesota also reportedly talked with Mickael Pietrus but he wanted more than the veteran minimum. If Howard can give Minnesota any depth until their guys get healthy (Roy may not be that far away, but he can’t take on heavy minutes).

To make room for Howard someone on the roster has to be let go, so it sucks to be Will Conroy with a non-guaranteed contract right now.

  1. dls612 - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Then he should feel right at home! Thats just wrong, I take that back!

    • dls612 - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      The sound of crickets.

  2. pacific123ocean - Nov 15, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I would like to know where Kurt heard that Roy is not that far away from playing. I wouldn’t be shocked if he never returned again…instead choosing to retire.

    • badintent - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      That’s cold man ,like Minnesota Winter COLD !

  3. helpingverbs - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I’m glad they got Somebody! Howard can fill a space for awhile…it could have been worse!

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