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Wolves count down to opening day; Bonzi Wells cut

  • Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
  • December 23, 2011 - 4:19 PM

The Wolves cut guard Bonzi Wells today, so their opening-day roster should be set, barring a last-minute trade.

Wells, 35, hasn't played in the NBA since 2008.

Wolves coach Rick Adelman was in a little more of a chipper mood after Friday's practice than he was Thursday. That tells me he was happy with the work that got done in practice.

Actually, Adelman said the team had two very good practices this week. There will be one more -- early tomorrow morning -- before Monday's opening game against Oklahoma City.

Still, it sounds like Adelman still has a lot to learn about the team. He hasn't settled on a starting five yet, he said, and won't until Monday. When asked if the team was ready, he said he didn't know. "I don't think you ever know until you get out there on the court and play," he said. 'It will be interesting to see how they respond against one of the favorites in the league."

The team's health is improving. Nikola Pekovic (strained groin) again missed practice, but Wes Johnson (ankle) returned after missing Thursday's workout.

Adelman said the coaching staff started prepping the Wolves on Oklahoma City over the last two days. In particular, Adelman has been harping on turnover, and how costly they will be against the Thunder.

One other note: You might have seen this in this morning's paper, but I wanted to get it on the blog just in case. The Wolves resumed their pursuit of Chuck Hayes this week, but the 6-6 center who played for Adelman in Houston reached an agreement again with Sacramento. Hayes and the Kings agreed on a four-year, $21 million contract two weeks ago, but the Kings voided the contract after a routine physical examination diagnosed a heart issue.

Doctors cleared Hayes to play after he underwent 11 hours of testing at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio on Wednesday.Agent Calvin Andrews said Thursday that Wolves had shown "high interest' in his client once again. Minnesota would have used the $5 million midlevel exception to sign Hayes. The Kings, who were well under the salary cap -- reportedly upped their offer to Hayes to $22.3 million for four years.

 That's about it. Have a great holiday weekend

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