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Adelman said the team waived Johnson because he and Flip Saunders couldn’t see how Johnson would earn playing time — “Real slim,” Adelman said — with Nikola Pekovic, Ronny Turiaf and Gorgui Dieng ahead of him. He said Hummel and Price together could help the Wolves win a game or two, although he added that Price will have a more difficult time getting on the floor as long as point guards Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea stay healthy. “I think there’s a place,” Adelman said about both players. “If something did happen where they had to play, you wouldn’t hesitate to play them. They both have proven they can do that. I think that’s what we were looking for, 14 guys who give us the best shot to win.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The Wolves released center Chris Johnson on Saturday, a move prompted both by the strong play of Robbie Hummel and A.J. Price and by the team’s depth in the post. “We’re going in that direction,” Wolves coach Rick Adelman said after Saturday’s lengthy practice. “We thought Robbie and A.J. have done a really good job. They’ve earned spots. And we feel with [Nikola] Pekovic and Rony [Turiaf], they have played well, as has G [Gorgui Dieng]. So we’re comfortable with those guys.” The team will have to pay off Johnson’s $916,000 salary. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Wolves big man Chris Johnson didn’t play again, the fifth time in seven preseason games in which he didn’t get off the bench. He played nine-plus minutes in two games and clearly isn’t part of Adelman’s plans. The Wolves can create two roster spots for four other players competing for jobs if they waive Johnson and pay him his $916,000 guaranteed contract. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Taylor said it's unlikely that Saunders will bring in a 15th guaranteed contract. In other words, forwards Robbie Hummel and Othyus Jeffers, rookie guard Lorenzo Brown and an expected to-be-determined big man will compete for the final spot in camp. Those three players, first round picks Muhammad and center Gorgui Dieng, and big man Chris Johnson arrive into town Monday for developmental work. Other players are expected to be in-and-out for informal workouts before training camp starts. 1500 ESPN

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Adelman said midseason acquisitions Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson have shown enough that they are candidates to be on the team next season, especially if they work on their games during the offseason. “This summer will be big for them,” Adelman said. “We like them both.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Still, it might be Johnson who has the best chance to stick with the team long term, because of his size (6-11) and jumping ability. "We don't have somebody like that," Kahn said. Kahn indicated both players would be given the chance to work into the team's future plans. "I think in both cases there is a pathway to being here next year," he said. "It's not a done deal, but there is a pathway. Chris may be in a little bit of a different instance because [of his size]. So I would say he probably especially has a chance." Wolves coach Rick Adelman made clear that signing the two shouldn't preclude the team from trying to improve the roster more. "We'd better be hoping to do something," he said. "We have to improve this team." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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