The Wolves summer-league team begins practices this afternoon at their new Mayo Clinic Square practice facilities, and just in time there's a full roster that includes first-round picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyus Jones as well as second-year players Zach LaVine and Adreian Payne.
Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng all will practice with the team this week in Minneapolis -- and are expected to play in Wednesday's Summer Showcase scrimmage at Target Center -- but aren't scheduled to play in Las Vegas Summer League, which begins Friday with a 7:30 p.m. game against D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lorenzo Brown, Brady Heslip and Othyus Jeffers -- familiar names all to Wolves' training-camp and summer-league rosters -- also are part of the 13-man roster listed below.
Soon-to-be-signed Nemanja Bjelica is not expected to be part of summer-league play and Anthony Bennett is not set to practice or play, either. Whether that's all about Bennett's commitment to play for Canada in this month's Pan Am Games and next month's Olympic qualifier or about his future with the franchise...
Wolves assistant coach Ryan Saunders will coach the summer-league team.
Other news today: The Milwaukee Bucks announced they will hold the opening days of their training camp at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and will return there to play the Wolves in a preseason game at the Kohl Center on Oct. 20. The Wolves also are set to play preseason games as part of the NBA's Canada Series, in Winnipeg and Ottawa, as well.
Here's the roster announced by the Wolves today:
2015 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER
|40||Ivan Aska||F||6-7||230||06/26/90||Murray State/USA||R|
|7||Lorenzo Brown||G||6-2||175||08/26/90||North Carolina State/USA||2|
|0||Othyus Jeffers||G||6-5||210||08/05/85||Robert Morris University/USA||3|
|33||Adreian Payne||F/C||6-10||245||02/19/91||Michigan State/USA||1|
|11||Sam Thompson||F||6-7||200||11/11/92||Ohio State/USA||R|
|12||C.J. Williams||G||6-6||225||02/06/90||North Carolina State/USA||R|