Trey Johnson, Sundiata Gaines Among Timberwolves' Point Guard Targets
The Wolves are also facing a possible problem at the point guard position as starter Luke Ridnour left Sunday's game against the Houston Rockets with a hamstring injury and did not return, leaving the Wolves with just one healthy floor general -- Sebastian Telfair -- as Jonny Flynn has yet to return from offseason hip surgery.
Ridnour is questionable for Tuesday night's game, and though his injury was initially diagnosed as a strained left hamstring, Minnesota will take precaution in the form of trying out possible back-up point guards on Wednesday in an
The Wolves will host former NBA players Trey Johnson (pictured), Sundiata Gaines, Curtis Jerrells and Aaron Miles prior to Wednesday's game against the Kings in Sacramento according to a league source. The Wolves would need to release a player currently on the roster to bring a new player in as they already have a league-maximum 15 players with Maurice Ager being the only player without a guaranteed contract.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5 combo-guard, has played for the NBA Development League's Bakersfield Jam for the past three seasons, earning a pair of 10-day contracts with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2008-09 season. In 76 career D-League games, Johnson has averaged 18.0 points, 4.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds amid short stints spent overseas in Serbia as well as Italy. Johnson was also with the Lakers this preseason, but failed to make the team's opening-day roster and is currently slated to return to the Jam.
Gaines, a 6-foot-1 point guard, began last season with the D-League's Idaho Stampede before a mid-season call-up to the Utah Jazz. Gaines appeared in 32 games for the Jazz last season, the most memorable being a January 14 victory over the LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers in which Gaines -- at the time on a 10-day call-up -- hit a game-winning three-pointer as the game clock expired. Despite his game-winning heroics, the Jazz decided to sign Earl Watson over the Summer instead of retaining Gaines' services.
Jerrells, a second-year pro out of Baylor, played last season with the Austin Toros in the D-League where he averaged 20.7 points, 5.7 assists and and 1.9 steals from the point guard position before the San Antonio Spurs called him up at the end of the season to secure his rights throughout the summer. Jerrells was then invited to play his way onto the Spurs this preseason, but without a roster spot available, San Antonio traded him to the New Orleans Hornets for a future conditional second-round pick. It was widely believed that Jerrells would make the Hornets roster before a trade that brought in Jerryd Bayless from the Portland Trail Blazers, leaving Jerrells expendable and leading to his currently being a free agent.
The fourth and final participant, former Kansas Jayhawk Aaron Miles, was with the Golden State Warriors this preseason, his second time on their roster as he played 19 games with the Warriors as a rookie during the 2005-06 season. Since, Miles has enjoyed success overseas as he's played in the top leagues in France, Spain and Greece before deciding to play in the D-League this season. If Miles fails to make the Wolves roster, he would return to the Reno Bighorns, coached by first-year D-League coach Eric Musselman.
There is currently no timetable for when the Timberwolves might make a decision following Wednesday's tryout.