Wolves Update: McCants dinged, Jones in the wings
Approximately 24 hours after signing a multimillion-dollar, multiyear contract, Wolves' top draft pick Rashad McCants dinged his groin enough to postpone, and perhaps forego entirely, his participation in the team's summer league schedule. Coach Dwane Casey seemed remarkably sanguine about the setback in today's Strib, but he's right--it's better to have McCants healthy and ready to go during this fall's regular season training camp than during the mostly ragtag summer shenanigans.
On a more hopeful note, the Wolves' will probably help themselves more with the upcoming signing of 6-11 center Dwayne Jones (which can't be made official until the free agent signing period begins on July 22) than they did drafting Bracey Wright in the second round. With perennial underachiever (and that's being kind) Michael Olowokandi and undersized Mark Madsen as the most likely pair of returning pivot men, the Wolves are in need of someone who is within at least two inches of seven feet and has more than a smidgen of court intelligence, especially since it is no sure thing that Eddie Griffin will be back.
Here's the best bio I could find on Jones, which notes that he was named the Atlantic-10 Defensive Player of the Year last season. This pre-draft bit from ESPN had him going between the 35th and 46th picks. Finally, here's the Wolves' summer league roster, which includes McCants (who won't be playing) but not Jones (who hopefully will be taking over McCants's spot after he signs).
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