Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Shabazz, Dieng highlight Wolves' Vegas Summer League roster

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves management, Wolves players, Wolves news Updated: July 8, 2013 - 3:17 PM

The Wolves' top three draft picks -- UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, Louisville's Gorgui Dieng and North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown -- and big man Chris Johnson lead the list of names of the Wolves' Las Vegas Summer League team finalized today.

Second-year guard Alexey Shved is expected in town to practice with the team starting Wednesday, but will not play in Vegas because he's playing for the Russian national team later this summer.

Forward Robbie Hummel, the team's second-round pick in 2012 who played mainly in Spain last season, will play in Vegas.

So will Illinois guard Brandon Paul and Luke Sikma, Jack's son, is back on the roster after playing for the Wolves last summer.

The rest of the roster includes a number of Americans who have been playing overseas -- swingman Marqus Blakely, point guard Kee Kee Clark, shooting guard John Holland, forward Solomon Jones -- as well as D Leaguers Phil Jones (6-10 center), Demitri McCarney (6-3 guard) and Mychel Thompson (6-8 forward).

Jones has played parts of seven NBA seasons with Atlanta, Indiana, Clippers, New Orleans and the Knicks before playing in China last season.

Thompson is son of former Gophers star Mychel Thompson and brother of Golden State's Klay Thompson and he played for Sioux Falls in the D League last season.

Wolves player development coaches David Adelman and Shawn Respert will coach the Vegas team.

 

 

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