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Wolves add three players as training camp opens

The Timberwolves added Rasual Butler, John Lucas III and Toure’ Murry to the roster for their training camp, which opened today.

Butler, 37, has played 13 seasons in the NBA and was with San Antonio last season. He was briefly with Chicago in 2010-11 when current Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau led the Bulls.

Lucas, 33, is an eight-year veteran who was last in the NBA in 2014-15 with Detroit.

Murry, 26, hasn’t played in the NBA since 2013-14 with the Knicks. He played for Texas and Sioux Falls in the D-League last season.

Here is the training camp roster, supplied by the Wolves:

No    Player    Pos    Ht    Wt    DOB    Prior to NBA    Yrs
45    Cole Aldrich    C    6-11    245    10/31/88    Kansas/USA    6
88    Nemanja Bjelica    F    6-10    234    05/09/88    Serbia    1
12    Rasual Butler    F    6-7    215    05/23/79    La Salle    13
5    Gorgui Dieng    C    6-11    233    01/18/90    Louisville/Sénégal    3
3    Kris Dunn    G    6-4    210    03/18/94    Providence/USA    R
27    Jordan Hill    C    6-10    245    07/27/87    Arizona/USA    7
1    Tyus Jones    G    6-1    190    05/10/96    Duke/USA    1
8    Zach LaVine    G    6-5    183    03/10/95    UCLA/USA    2
11    John Lucas III    G    5-11    165    11/21/82    Oklahoma State/USA    7
15    Shabazz Muhammad    F    6-6    227    11/13/92    UCLA/USA    3
23    Toure’ Murry    G    6-5    200    11/08/89    Wichita State/USA    2
33    Adreian Payne    F    6-10    240    02/19/91    Michigan State/USA    2
14    Nikola Pekovic    C    6-11    295    01/03/86   Montenegro    6
9    Ricky Rubio    G    6-4    192    10/21/90    FC Barcelona/Spain    5
4    Brandon Rush    F/G    6-6    220    07/07/85    Kansas/USA    8
32    Karl-Anthony Towns    F/C    6-11    250    11/15/95    Kentucky/USA    1
22    Andrew Wiggins    F    6-8    199    02/23/95    Kansas/Canada    2
Head coach: Tom Thibodeau (Salem State)
Assistant coach: Andy Greer (Brockport), Ryan Saunders (Minnesota), Rick Brunson (Temple)

Wolves announce coaching, staffing moves

With training camp set to begin this week, Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau made official some changes to his staff and announced extensive additions to the basketball operations staff.

First, the coaches:

The Wolves officially announced the additions of Andy Greer and Rick Brunson as assistant coaches, announced the addition of Peter Patton as shooting coach and the promotion of Vince Legarza to player development coach.

Ryan Saunders – who coached the Wolves summer league entry – will be retained and Daisuke Yoshimoto will be the special assistant to Thibodeau.

Greer, whose hiring as Thibodeau’s top assistant was reported by the Star Tribune in June, has a long history with Thibodeau; the two were assistants together under Jeff Van Gundy in Houston, and Greer was Thibodeau’s assistant with the Chicago Bulls. Greer spent last season with Toronto.

Brunson, whose hiring was reported in July, is entering his third season working with Thibodeau. Among his stops as an assistant include Chicago, Denver and Charlotte. Brunson had a nine-year NBA playing career, playing for seven teams through 2006.

Legarza, entering his second season with the Wolves, was the player development assistant/player development video coordinator last season.

Patton has been teaching the game for 20 years.  A graduate of DePaul, he never missed a game in college and set the school’s single-season three-point percentage record as a junior (54.1 percent).

Yoshimoto spent last season in Denver as video coordinator. Before that he spent four seasons in Chicago as video coordinator under Thibodeau. He has also worked with the Nets and for the Ukranian national team.

Meanwhile, on the basketball ops side, Noah Croom was named assistant general manager, Brian Pauga as director of player personnel and John Carideo, Jim Eyen, Drew Nicholas, Scott Roth and Jim Todd as scouts.

Matthew Duhamel will be director of athletic therapy, Pierre Nesbit will be assistant athletic trainer and Troy Sutton will be assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Also,  Calvin Booth will now be director of pro personnel, Matt Bollero will be pro personnel scout, David Crewe will be the head stretch and conditioning coach/assistant athletic trainer and Emmanuel Rohan will be director of basketball administration. Todd Checovich will be manager of basketball operations and Rachel Saunders will be manager of team services.

Croom was legal counsel and agent for Goodwin Sports Management since 2002 and has worked as an assistant GM with the Grizzlies.  Pauga spent the last nine seasons in San Antonio, most recently as director of scouting. Carideo has been a scout in the NBA since 2001. Eyen has more than 26 years of NBA experience, most recently serving as an L.A. Lakers assistant. Nicholas won an NCAA title playing for Maryland. Roth, meanwhile returns to Minnesota after playing for the team in 1989-90, the Wolves’ inaugural season.

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