Wolves trade for Apple Valley native

Published 9:49 pm Thursday, June 25, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired hometown kid Tyus Jones from the Cleveland Cavaliers for two second-round draft picks.

The Cavaliers chose Jones, the Duke point guard, with the 24th overall selection. But they shipped the Apple Valley, Minnesota, native to the Wolves for pick Nos. 31 and 36. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced.

Jones was a high school legend at Apple Valley and helped Duke win the NCAA title in his freshman season. He was named most outstanding player of the Final Four.

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He joins No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota and will immediately slide in as the backup to starter Ricky Rubio.