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Preseason games games set; Wolves eye Afflalo?

  • Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
  • December 3, 2011 - 12:44 AM

The Wolves' first two preseason games will be Dec. 17 against the Bucks and Dec. 21 at Milwaukee.

Both games will be broadcast by the team's new flagship, 830 WCCO AM.

Tickets for the Target Center game will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. at www.timberwolves.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX or at the Target Center box office.

Also...

* Add Denver shooting guard Arron Afflalo to the Wolves' wish list.

ESPN.com Friday reported the Wolves are considered extending the restricted free agent an offer sheet.

Afflalo fits Wolves' need -- tough perimeter defender at shooting guard, expanding offensive game with four seasons' experience -- but it'd take a mighty sizable offer to keep the Nuggets from matching.

Especially since the Nuggets are $20 million under reaching the minimum salary payroll and half their team has been outsourced to China.

One thing to note: The rules change with this new labor deal and teams now will have just three days -- not seven -- to match any offer made to their restricted free agents.

* Chuck Hayes could make a decision in the coming days between a half dozen teams pursuing him. His agent told the Houston Chronicle that Hayes prefers to return to the Rockets, but the Wolves have made an offer and playing for Rick Adelman again probably isn't far behind his desire to stay in Houston.

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