The Minnesota Timberwolves have suffered an array of injuries during the early going of the 2012-13 NBA season, and have turned to the free agent market in attempts to fill some of the voids which have been created on their team due to injuries.
Now, according to league sources, the Timberwolves have attempted to fill one of those voids by signing free agent small forward Josh Howard to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum.
Last season the nine-year veteran played for the Utah Jazz where he averaged 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in 23 minutes of action per night, and competed in 43 games including starting in 18 of those contests. Throughout his career the 32-year old Howard has averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and one steal per game in 496 total NBA games. In 2003 Howard was selected to the NBA All-Rookie second team and in 2007 was named to his first and only NBA All-Star team.
Currently the Timberwolves have five key players sidelined with injuries, including guards J.J Barera and Brandon Roy who are dealing with minor, nagging injuries, as well as star power forward Kevin Love, talented young point guard Ricky Rubio and swingman Chase Budinger, who will all be out for quite some time due to more significant injuries.
Howard should fit in nicely with with this young, energetic Timberwolves team that is currently 5-3 and in second place in the Northwest division. Howard should receive a substantial amount of minutes due to the fact Minnesota only has one healthy small forward currently on their roster. Howard is expected to fly to Minnesota sometime on Thursday in order to take a physical so the deal can be finalized.