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NBA Free Agency Rumors: The Minnesota Timberwolves Have Reached Out To Courtney Lee

The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be active in the free agent market this summer, this time with Friday’s news they have reached out to free agent guard Courtney Lee and an official visit is scheduled soon.

Lee has played four NBA seasons, spending the last two with the Houston Rockets, since being selected 22nd overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2008 NBA Draft.  He averaged 11.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game in 58 games (26 starts) this past season and he made just over 40 percent of his three-pointers for the second straight season. For his career he is averaging an even 10 points per game while making nearly 39 percent of his three-pointers and just over 83 percent of his free throws

Lee’s first season, 2010-2011, with the Rockets was spent under current Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman, so there is some familiarity there that explains whatever level of interest the Timberwolves have at this point. He averaged 8.3 points per game that season in a career-high 81 games in largely a bench role as he only started one game.

The Timberwolves have a lot of irons in the fire in terms of players they have reported interest in as free agents and potential trade targets, but Lee could make for a solid backup plan if the Portland Trailblazers match the offer sheet they have agreed to with restricted free agent Nicolas Batum and a sign-and-trade deal cannot be worked out. No matter what, it pays for the organization to continue to do their due diligence with free agents until things become more concrete when players can officially sign next Wednesday.