With so many baby-faced players on a roster that is in the middle of a massive overhaul, team president David Kahn put a priority on adding some experience to help the young Minnesota Timberwolves grow together.
The first veteran addition didn’t come cheap.
The Timberwolves agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with free-agent point guard Luke Ridnour, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.
Ridnour averaged 10.4 points and 4.0 assists per game as the backup to Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee last season. The 29-year-old former Blaine High and University of Oregon standout is entering his eighth season in the NBA and will be playing for his third team after starting his career in Seattle and moving to Milwaukee in 2008.
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The Wolves were able to swing the deal after shipping Al Jefferson to Utah on Tuesday to create more salary cap room. The move also brought two conditional first-round draft picks.
With the extra money, Kahn’s first move was to add Ridnour, yet another point guard to a team that already has second-year pro Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions on the roster and hopes to add Ricky Rubio from Spain next season.
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