Timberwolves work out a player, but no signing is imminentPublished 10:00am Tuesday, December 25, 2012
NEW YORK — Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said the team will not add a wing player — someone to play shooting guard or small forward — until after the Christmas holiday.
The Wolves worked out a player Saturday, Kahn said, and will work out another prospect Wednesday. Kahn declined to identify the players the team is working out. He indicated the team has been “inundated with calls” from agents and players seeking an opportunity to fill its vacant roster spot.
“It was almost like there was a help wanted sign posted,” Kahn said. “We’ll obviously move very quickly with this, but we want to be thorough.”
The Wolves might be considering Lazar Hayward, who was with the team in 2010-11 under then-coach Kurt Rambis. Hayward was traded to Oklahoma City in December 2011. He was included in the James Harden trade with Houston but was released by the Rockets.
The Wolves are looking for a wing player after releasing Josh Howard on Thursday. Howard was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and would not have been able to play the remainder of the season. Kahn also said guard Malcolm Lee, who had started 12 games this season, is “likely” out for the season after learning the extent of his right knee injury.
Lee met with a knee specialist in New York last week and was advised to have surgery. Kahn said Lee has yet to make a decision on whether to have surgery. He was diagnosed with a chrondal injury in his right knee.