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Updated: July 3rd, 2010 6:59pm
David Lee visits Wolves; team will continue pursuit, Kahn says

David Lee visits Wolves; team will continue pursuit, Kahn says

by Tom Pelissero
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Unlike Rudy Gay, David Lee followed through on his appointment with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The free-agent center spent time at Target Center with Wolves officials on Saturday, and team president David Kahn called it "a very good meeting."

"We enjoyed getting to know David and providing him an opportunity to hear our vision for our team, and his potential role with us," Kahn said in a statement. "This was the first step in the process and we will be in contact with his representatives later this week."

Lee (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) visited with Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat officials officials earlier this week in Chicago. He was the Wolves' No. 2 two target when free agency opened late Wednesday night; Gay was No. 1 but opted to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.

"You have to give David Kahn and Kurt a tremendous amount of credit," Lee's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press. "They had an impressive proposal and really showed a lot of enthusiasm."

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Only about $5 million under the salary cap after two contracts finalized in recent days, the Wolves would have to clear more room to sign Lee, 27, who averaged 20.2 points and 10.7 rebounds last season with the New York Knicks.

The Wolves are believed to be working hard to unload Al Jefferson, who is due $42 million over the last three years of his contract.

"I think David (Kahn) is doing it the right way," Bartelstein said. "They probably have to make a heck of a pitch. But that's why they're there. David (Lee) is a really bright guy. He's got an open mind and we'll see what happens."

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