Still needing to fill at least three rosters spots, the Timberwolves auditioned a smattering of free agents Wednesday morning in a workout that included many of their signed players.
The list included players such as power forwards Thomas Robinson and Perry Jones, shooter Anthony Morrow, point guards Trey Burke and Isaiah Canaan as well as Minnesotans Alan Anderson and Matt Janning.
A former DeLaSalle High School star, Anderson, 34, has played eight NBA seasons with Charlotte, Toronto, Brooklyn, Washington and the L.A. Clippers. A 6-5 shooter from Watertown, Janning, 29, has played the past six seasons in Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Israel and Russia after starting the 2010-11 NBA season with Phoenix.
The Wolves have pursued free agents Dante Cunningham, Tony Allen and their own Shabazz Muhammad, among others, but haven't signed anyone.
The Wolves could invite some of their free-agent group to camp, starting Sept. 23 in San Diego, if they can't sign anyone now and use camp and a two-game trip to China to pick their final players. Many of the team's 11 players signed to guaranteed contracts and free agents signed to training-camp invitations have arrived in town for workouts. Among the players not on the floor Wednesday morning were veterans Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson as well as Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng.
Wiggins is expected to sign a five-year, $148 million maximum contract before the Oct. 18 season opener.
U volleyball in Texas
The No. 1 Gophers volleyball team (5-0) will play two matches on Thursday in the American Campus Classic in Austin, Texas. Minnesota will face Denver at 10 a.m. and Texas A&M Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, the Gophers will play No. 5 Texas, the host school, at 8 p.m.
"[The Gophers] will be extremely balance and well-coached," Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. "… It's still early, but I'm sure Hugh [McCutcheon, the Gophers coach] would agree it is a good matchup for both of us."
Bantam commits to U
Jake Braccini, who had 78 goals and 140 points for the Buffalo Bantam AA hockey team last season, committed to the Gophers men's hockey team.
• Nebraska's Kate Smith, a sophomore from Detroit Lakes, Minn., was named the Big Ten women's golfer of the week. She was the runner-up in the Nebraska-Omaha Invitational with a three-round total of 5-over 131.
• The team from Rush Creek Golf Club — Sean Keegan, Steve Bloom, Marty Mangold and Adam Sklader — won the 25th annual MGA Amateur Net Team Championship by two shots at The Preserve and Pines at Grand View Lodge with a 13-under 275 for 36 holes.