Wolves Acquire Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown
Conference call with general manager Jim Stack
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has acquired 6-9 forward/center Shelden Williams and 6-2 guard Bobby Brown from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for center Calvin Booth and guard Rashad McCants.
"Shelden Williams and Bobby Brown are both talented young players and we're excited to get a better look at them," Timberwolves General Manager Jim Stack said. "We'd like to thank Rashad and Calvin for their professionalism during their time with us and wish them all the best as they move forward with their careers."
Williams has appeared in 30 games for the Kings in his third NBA season, averaging 3.7 points (44.9 FG%) and 2.6 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. Originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, Williams holds career averages of 4.6 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 175 career appearances. He was acquired by the Kings last February in the deal that sent Mike Bibby to the Hawks.
Williams finished his career at Duke University as only the third player in NCAA history, along with David Robinson and Pervis Ellison, to record at least 1,500 points (1,905), 1,000 rebounds (1,262), 350 blocks (422), and 150 steals (161). In 139 career games (128 starts), the two-time national defensive player of the year and Duke's all-time leader in rebounding and blocked shots averaged 13.8 points (57.3 FG%), 9.1 rebounds and 3.13 blocks per game.
Brown, a 6-2 rookie guard from Cal State Fullerton, has averaged 5.2 points (38.1 FG%) and 1.9 assists in 14.4 minutes per game in 47 contests this season for Sacramento. An undrafted free agent, Brown signed with the Kings on July 25, 2008 after averaging 15.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game for New Orleans' entry in the 2008 NBA Summer League. Brown spent the 2007-08 season with Alba Berlin of the German League where he averaged 16.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Brown left Cal State Fullerton as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,961 points.
McCants had appeared in 34 games for the Wolves this season, averaging 9.1 points (36.0 FG%) and 1.9 rebounds per game. Selected by Minnesota with the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, McCants is in his fourth NBA season and holds career averages of 9.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 225 career games. Minnesota acquired Booth from the Philadelphia 76ers on July 9, 2008. The 10th-year center appeared in one game for the Wolves this season, logging just one minute of action.