HoopsHype Josh Howard rumors

December 21, 2012 Updates

At 32, Howard, who averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11 games with the Wolves, is likely dealing with a career-ending injury. He worked out before Tuesday's game at Miami and said he expected his hyperextended knee would be healed enough so he could play Sunday at New York. He found out differently on Thursday morning after tests revealed the torn ligament. "You just feel for him," Adelman said of Howard, signed Nov. 15 after Chase Budinger suffered a serious knee injury of his own. "He was really going to help us. He was playing well. He worked hard. To have this come out of nowhere, I was just shocked. I know he was in shock when he found out." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Howard will play, after working well after shootaround with some of his new teammates and assistant coach Terry Porter to learn the most basic of the team's plays. He's not sure how much he'll play -- Rick Adelman said Thursday he's use Howard 5-6 minutes a half to spell Kirilenko -- but he's ready to play in the NBA again for the first time since last spring's playoffs with Utah. "The Timberwolves were looking for somebody to step in and fill in until those guys get back," Howard said, referring to the aforementioned three as well as Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Chase Budinger. "I'm glad they thought of me. I got tired of working out every day. I was ready to be with a team." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Howard could have been a Timberwolf nine years. In fact, many Wolves fans felt he should have been. Instead, the Wolves took Ndudi Ebi late in the first round in 2009, bypassing Howard who was drafted shortly thereafter. "I remember Ndudi Ebi's name getting called before me," he said. "That was kind of motivation. No disrespect to him, but I just used that as motivation throughout my career and this is another opportunity. Minnesota gave me a shot, so I'll just go out and give it my all." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

According to a league source, Martin's camp reached out to the Wolves a few times, most recently on Monday, but was politely turned down. Bottom-line: the Wolves bypassed Martin in favor of Josh Howard, and the reasoning is simple: their need for a wing far surpasses any other position. You are who you can guard in the NBA and Martin defends bigs. Howard can help out on the perimeter. 1500ESPN.com

Jerry Zgoda: Josh Howard passes physical, Wolves officially announce his signing. He's at shootaround this morning Twitter @JerryZgoda

November 15, 2012 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Josh Howard, according to league sources. Howard will add depth to the injury-ravaged Wolves, who lost Chase Budinger to injury earlier this week. Forward Kevin Love, guards Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy also are sidelined with injuries. ESPN.com

November 13, 2012 Updates

Darren Wolfson: Sources: #Twolves worked out Josh Howard yesterday. More to come on 1500espn.com when an editor can post my story. Twitter @DarrenWolfson

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