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  • The Timberwolves had their first team practice after returning from training camp in Mankato--and to coach Rick Adelman, the post-camp fatigue was evident.
    >> Feature: Training Camp Day 5

  • Will Conroy and Brandon Roy have been teammates in high school, AAU and college ball. This week at Timberwolves Training Camp, they opened up a new chapter in their long friendship as both hope to be Wolves teammates this winter.
    >> Feature: Roy, Conroy Continue Unique Basketball Journey

  • Wolves guard Alexey Shved is only four days into his NBA career, and he's showing he has the passing and shooting skills to compete in the league. The next step is adjusting to the physicality awaiting him in the preseason.
    >> Feature: Shved Adjusting To NBA Game

  • President of Basketball Operations David Kahn spoke with Timberwolves.com 1-on-1 as camp broke on Friday to assess how the team looks and who on the team stands out heading into next week's preseason opener on Wednesday against the Pacers in Fargo.
    >> Video: 1-on-1 with David Kahn

  • As the Wolves wrapped up their four-day Training Camp in Mankato, coach Rick Adelman talked about the team's front court depth, if they're ready for preseason competition and what he thinks of playing Andrei Kirilenko and Derrick Williams side-by-side.
    >> Feature: Training Camp Day 4

  • Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor invited the team to his home in Mankato on Wednesday for dinner as part of an annual tradition during Training Camp.
    >> Feature: Wolves Make Annual Trip To Glen Taylor's Home

  • Guard Brandon Roy spoke 1-on-1 with Timberwolves.com on Thursday about his training camp experience, getting in sync with his new teammates and his first experience with a Nikola Pekovic screen.
    >> Video: 1-on-1 with Brandon Roy

  • Wolves forward Derrick Williams gives some insight on his shoe collection, which he says is the best on the team, plus talks about being aggressive offensively and handling the tiring training camp schedule.
    >> Video: 1-on-1 with Derrick Williams

  • Coach Rick Adelman addressed the media on Thursday and talked about how his team is learning the corner offense early on in Training Camp, plus get other news and notes from camp in today's Training Camp Report.
    >> Feature: Training Camp Day 3

  • Take a look inside Bresnan Arena on the campus of MSU-Mankato during some of the Timberwolves Training Camp sessions this week in this special edition photo gallery.
    >> Photos: Training Camp Gallery

  • The Timberwolves call Minnesota State University-Mankato home during Training Camp each fall, but the partnership between the two sides extends year-round through curriculum involvement, business development and the relationship between team owner Glen Taylor and his alma mater.
    >> Feature: MSU, Wolves Partnership More Than Basketball

  • Wolves assistant coach Jack Sikma talks about the first two days of Training Camp and breaks down the roles of all the new members of the front court and how they'll work together.
    >> Video: 1-on-1 with Jack Sikma

  • The questions about his knees are still there, but Brandon Roy is proving each day at Training Camp that he is ready and able to move that focus back to his game.
    >> Feature: Roy Ready To Change Focus

  • After a four-hour marathon practice on Day 1, the Timberwolves learned a bit about how their bodies will respond to the rigors of the long NBA season on Wednesday. Coach Rick Adelman was pleased with how the team responded.
    >> Feature: Training Camp Day 2

  • Wolves guard Luke Ridnour spoke with Timberwolves.com about his assessment of Tuesday's first day of training camp and what the team needs to accomplish during its four days in Mankato.
    >> Video: 1-on-1 with Luke Ridnour

  • The Timberwolves began Training Camp at Minnesota State University-Mankato with a four-hour practice combining conditioning, drills and scrimmaging. Hear what they had to say about Day 1.
    >> Feature/Video: Training Camp Day 1

  • Wolves forward Kevin Love talked about the team's lengthy first Training Camp session and his impressions of the new-look team.
    >> Video: 1-on-1 with Kevin Love

  • The Timberwolves held their 2012 Media Day on Monday at Target Center, and the Wolves displayed a new mindset coming into the upcoming season. The message was simple: Minnesota plans to be a force in the Western Conference.
    >> Feature: New Team, New Mindset

  • Much has happened in the last year, and with plenty of new faces on this year’s roster, Timberwolves.com has compiled the top five stories that fans should be keeping track of.
    >> Top 5 Quick Hits

  • Andrei Kirilenko talks with Timberwolves.com about joining the team, how he compares Kevin Love with Karl Malone and what he expects from rookie Alexey Shved this season.
    >> Watch Video Feature

  • The Minnesota Timberwolves today finalized the team's 2012-13 training camp roster and will bring 20 players to camp next week beginning Tuesday at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
    >> Full Roster Breakdown










Timberwolves Final Training Camp Roster

The Minnesota Timberwolves today finalized the team's 2012-13 training camp roster by signing unrestricted free agents Will Conroy, Mike Harris, Chris Johnson, Phil Jones, Seth Tarver and Jermaine Taylor. Today's signings complete the Wolves training camp roster, which stands at 20 players. Minnesota's training camp is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2 - Friday, Oct. 5 at Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. There will be one practice each day from 12 - 3:30 p.m., with media availability scheduled to being at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Conroy, a 6-2 guard, has played parts of two seasons in the NBA, most recently appearing in five games for the Houston Rockets in 2009-10 where he averaged 1.2 points and 1.4 assists. Conroy played for the Memphis Grizzlies (three games) and Los Angeles Clippers (four games) during the 2006-07 season. Conroy went undrafted in 2005 after a four-year career at the University of Washington where he became the school's all-time assist leader with 515 assists.

Harris, a 6-6 forward, has spent parts of three seasons (2007-08; 2009-10; 2010-11) with two different NBA teams, playing for the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. Harris most recently averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in four games with Houston during the 2010-11 season. In 34 career NBA games, he has averages of 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds. Harris was on the Wolves' 2012 Summer League entry, averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Harris finished his collegiate career as the fourth player in WAC history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, leaving as Rice University's all-time leading scorer (2,014 points, ninth all-time in the WAC) and rebounder (1,111 rebounds, fourth).

Johnson, a 6-11 center, has played parts of two NBA seasons with Boston, Portland and New Orleans. Johnson started the 2011-12 season with Portland, averaging 1.6 points and 0.9 rebounds in 20 contests. He finished the season in New Orleans where he averaged 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven contests. In 41 career games, he holds averages of 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds. Johnson was named the 2011 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year, earning a spot in the All-Star Game. He averaged 16.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks during the 2010-11 season for the Dakota Wizards. Johnson spent his collegiate years at Louisiana State University. He went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Tarver, a 6-5 guard, has spent the last two seasons with the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. Tarver averaged 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 45 contests last season. Tarver went undrafted in 2010 after a four-year collegiate career at Oregon State.

Taylor, a 6-4 guard, has played parts of two seasons for the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. He spent the 2009-10 season in Houston, averaging 4.1 points in 31 contests, including four starts. He started the 2010-11 season with the Rockets before finishing it with the Kings. In 26 games, eight starts, with Sacramento, Taylor averaged 7.1 points in 15.6 minutes. Taylor was originally drafted by the Washington Wizards with the 32nd pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after completing his collegiate career at Central Florida.

Jones, 6-10 forward/center, has played overseas for the past two years after playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has made stops in Uruguay, Brussels and spent the past season in Romania. A U.S. Virgin Islands National Team member, Jones played at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in four games.

The Timberwolves' 24th NBA season will tip off Monday with the team's annual Media Day from noon - 2 p.m. on the Target Center main floor. The Wolves open preseason play with a game on Oct. 10 vs. Indiana at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, N.D.

 

2012-13 TIMBERWOLVES TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
NO.PLAYERPOSITIONHEIGHTWEIGHTBIRTHDATEPRIOR TO NBA/FROMYEARS
17Lou AmundsonF/C6-922512/07/82UNLV/USA6
11JJ BareaG6-01756/26/84Northeastern/Puerto Rico6
10Chase BudingerF6-72185/22/88Arizona/USA3
5Will ConroyG6-219512/08/82Washington/USA2
33Dante CunninghamF6-82304/22/87Villanova/USA3
32Mike HarrisF6-62356/15/83Rice/USA3
20Chris JohnsonC6-112106/15/85LSU/USA2
4Phil JonesF/C6-102559/02/85UNC Charlotte/USAR
47Andrei KirilenkoF6-92352/18/81CSKA Moscow/Russia10
8Malcolm LeeG6-52005/22/90UCLA/USA1
42Kevin LoveF6-102509/07/88UCLA4
14Nikola PekovicC6-112901/03/86Panathinaikos/Montenegro2
13Luke RidnourG6-21752/13/81Oregon/USA9
3Brandon RoyG6-62117/23/84Washington/USA5
9Ricky RubioG6-418010/21/90FC Barcelona/Spain1
1Alexey ShvedG6-619012/16/88CSKA Moscow/RussiaR
34Greg StiemsmaC6-112609/26/85Wisconsin/USA1
15Seth TarverG6-52156/01/88Oregon State/USAR
23Jermaine TaylorG6-421012/08/86Central Florida/USA2
7Derrick WilliamsF6-82415/25/91Arizona/USA1




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Feature: Final Day of Camp
The Timberwolves had their first team practice after returning from training camp in Mankato--and to coach Rick Adelman, the post-camp fatigue was evident.



Feature: Roy, Conroy Continue Unique Basketball Journey
Will Conroy and Brandon Roy have been teammates in high school, AAU and college ball. This week at Timberwolves Training Camp, they opened up a new chapter in their long friendship as both hope to be Wolves teammates this winter.



Feature: Shved Adjusting To NBA Game
Wolves guard Alexey Shved is only four days into his NBA career, and he's showing he has the passing and shooting skills to compete in the league. The next step is adjusting to the physicality awaiting him in the preseason.



Feature: Training Camp Day 4
As the Wolves wrapped up their four-day Training Camp in Mankato, coach Rick Adelman talked about the team's front court depth, if they're ready for preseason competition and what he thinks of playing Andrei Kirilenko and Derrick Williams side-by-side.



Feature: Wolves Make Annual Trip To Glen Taylor's Home
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor invited the team to his home in Mankato on Wednesday for dinner as part of an annual tradition during Training Camp.



Feature: Training Camp Day 3
Coach Rick Adelman addressed the media on Thursday and talked about how his team is learning the corner offense early on in Training Camp, plus get other news and notes from camp in today's Training Camp Report.



Photo Gallery: Timberwolves At Training Camp
Take a look inside Bresnan Arena on the campus of MSU-Mankato during some of the Timberwolves' Training Camp sessions this week in this special edition photo gallery.



Feature: Wolves, MSU partnership more than basketball
The Timberwolves call Minnesota State University-Mankato home during Training Camp each fall, but the partnership between the two sides extends year-round through curriculum involvement, business development and the relationship between team owner Glen Taylor and his alma mater.



Feature: Roy Ready To Change Focus
The questions about his knees are still there, but Brandon Roy is proving each day at Training Camp that he is ready and able to move that focus back to his game.



Feature: Training Camp Day 2
After a four-hour marathon practice on Day 1, the Timberwolves learned a bit about how their bodies will respond to the rigors of the long NBA season on Wednesday. Coach Rick Adelman was pleased with how the team responded.



Feature: Training Camp Day 1
The Wolves were back to work on Tuesday during a four-hour practice session at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Hear what they had to say about working together on Day 1.



Feature: New Team, New Mindset
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When the Timberwolves head down to Minnesota State University-Mankato for their annual training camp on Oct. 2, there will be no shortage of story lines. Much has happened in the last year, and with plenty of new faces on this year’s roster, Timberwolves.com has compiled the top five stories that fans should be keeping track of.



5. Nikola Pekovic’s fitness

Center Nikola Pekovic is no stranger to the weight room—that's no secret. Neither is the fact that Pekovic came to camp this summer about eight pounds lighter and, already one of the strongest players in the NBA, seemingly stronger than a year ago.

“I can’t really explain it, I just like to be in the weight room,” Pekovic said. With the help of assistant coach Bill Bayno, Pekovic trained in his home country of Montenegro and trimmed to 278 pounds. Everyone in the organization is hoping that the loss of a few extra pounds might keep some stress off of Pekovic’s right ankle, on which he suffered painful bone spurs for much of last year.

Pekovic not only trimmed down—he did so while continuing to lift weights and adding lean muscle. Just from observing some early open gyms, it’s clear that he has a different physique. Eyes across the league will be on him as he presumably opens the season as the starting center and continues to develop as a player.



4. Derrick Williams’ new role

Pekovic wasn’t the only Timberwolves player that lost weight this offseason. In an effort to become more of a small forward, Derrick Williams dropped down to around 230 by the time he reported to Training Camp. Besides fitness, Williams also studied the pick-and-roll and worked on becoming more explosive off the dribble.

When Williams was drafted with the second overall pick in 2011, a few things were clear: He was a prospect with incredible athleticism, but his position in the NBA was undecided. Since Kevin Love has locked down the power forward spot in Minnesota, Williams has focused on his preferred position of small forward. Other players competing for time at that spot will be new acquisitions Andrei Kirilenko and Chase Budinger. If he does not win a starting role, Williams will likely continue to provide supplementary minutes at the 3 and 4.



3. The shooting guard rotation

Last year’s minutes at shooting guard were mostly taken up by Wes Johnson and Martell Webster—two players that are no longer with the franchise. The only returner that saw significant minutes is Luke Ridnour, and he will likely play quite a bit of point guard with Rubio injured.

That leaves Minnesota with a couple of options. Three-time NBA All-Star Brandon Roy was signed in the offseason, but the health of his knees still remains to be seen. Even if he is ready to go, his minutes may be limited as a precautionary measure. Newcomer Alexey Shved has the height and length to play the position, but how much time will he really see in his rookie year? What about second-year player Malcolm Lee, who bounced back and forth from the D-League and battled injuries last year? Don’t discount Chase Budinger, a very athletic player who is probably best suited for small forward, but in coach Rick Adelman’s system, the two wing spots tend to be interchangeable.



2. Team chemistry

Unless something unexpected happens before the season, the final roster will probably have seven new faces to join the seven remaining players from last year. It was hinted at the end of last season that the team attitude needed some improvement, and Kevin Love made it known that he wanted more veterans in the locker room. His wish was granted as former NBA All-Stars Andrei Kirilenko and Brandon Roy were added along with solid young players in Chase Budinger, Alexey Shved, Greg Stiemsma and others.

As with any major roster shakeup, chemistry needs to be re-established. How will the team assimilate? As the season goes on, you will see improved connections between new teammates, but there may be some early bumps in the road for this revitalized roster.



1. Point guard rotation

At Ricky Rubio’s media availability last week, the injured point guard declined to put a timeline on his return. It’s assumed that he will miss at least a month or two of action, leaving a large gap at the position. The Timberwolves won five of their last 24 games following Rubio’s injury—making it clear that they are a different team without him.

While plenty of new players were added to the roster, none were at point guard. Time last year without Rubio was split between veterans J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour, with rookie Malcolm Lee seeing some spot minutes. This is likely the most uncertain position going into the new season, and Minnesota can’t afford to play like they did late last season again. It will be interesting to see who Adelman picks to lead the team at the beginning of the season.




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