Timberwolves Acquire Guards Marko Jaric & Lionel Chalmers from the L.A. Clippers

Jaric, a 6-7, 217-pound guard from Serbia-Montenegro, has averaged 8.5 points (.401 FG%, .343 3-FG%, .736 FT%), 2.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 174 regular-season games (103 started) with the Clippers (2002-03 - 2004-05). In 2004-05, the three-year veteran set career highs in points (9.9 ppg), assists (6.1 apg), minutes (33.1 mpg), steals (1.68 spg), field goal percentage (41.4%), and three-point field goal percentage (37.1%) in 50 games (41 started). Jaric ranked 15th in the NBA in assists per turnover (3.09). Also, he dished out 10 or more assists on eight occasions and registered a career-high six point/assist double-doubles. Jaric missed 32 games due to two separate right foot stress fractures and had two stints on the Injured List.

"It's tough losing a veteran player like Sam, but this was a great opportunity for us to gain a good, young combo guard," said Timberwolves head coach Dwane Casey. "Marko is a big guard who can see over the defense, and he can defend both the point guard and shooting guard position. We feel we've really upgraded our defense and our team with the addition of Marko. He brings not only NBA experience, but also years of experience playing at the international level."

Cassell, a 12-year NBA veteran, completed his second season with the Timberwolves in 2004-05, averaging 13.5 points (.464 FG%), 2.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 25.8 minutes per game in 59 contests. He was sidelined for 23 games due to a strained right hamstring that he originally sustained on Jan. 7 vs. Philadelphia. In 802 career regular-season games (551 started) with six teams, Cassell has averaged 16.2 points, 6.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 30.5 minutes per contest. During the 2003-04 campaign (his first season with the Wolves), he posted a career-high 19.8 ppg (.488 FG%) and 7.3 apg and earned his first NBA All-Star Game appearance.