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Brandon Rush officially signs with Wolves

The Timberwolves officially announced the signing of shooting guard/small forward Brandon Rush, the three-point shooting specialist who agreed to a 1-year, $3.5 million deal during the NBA’s negotiating period.

Rush, 31, shot 41.4 percent on three-pointers for Golden State last season, averaging 4.2 points, 2.5 rebounds in 72 games. Rush, whose shooting should help space the floor for the Wolves offense, is one of 11 active players to shoot 40 percent or better on three-pointers with at least 1,000 career attempts.

The Wolves have yet to officially announce the signing of center Cole Aldrich, who agreed to a 3-year, $22 million deal last week. The team might be waiting for Aldrich to return from his vacation in Italy. He is due back Monday.

Aldrich and Cole were teammates on Kansas’ 2008 NCAA championship team.

And here’s another Timberwolves connection for Rush. His older brother, Kareem Rush, was the fellow who hit on six of seven three-pointers, scoring 18 points for the Los Angeles Lakers in a 96-90 victory over the Wolves in the deciding Game 6 of the 2004 Western Conference finals.

Wolves sign Kris Dunn to rookie contract

One day before they begin summer-league play in Las Vegas, the Wolves today signed newly drafted point guard Kris Dunn to a rookie contract.

The Wolves selected Dunn fifth overall in last month's draft and signed a rookie deal that will pay him almost $3.9 million this coming season.

Given all the money thrown about this last week during the NBA's frenzied free-agency period, rookie-scale contracts are the last remaining bargain in the league.

Dunn began practicing with the summer-league team when it convened on Tuesday. The Wolves team flew to Las Vegas today and will begin play tomorrow against Denver at 7:30 p.m. The game will be television from the Thomas & Mack Center on ESPN.