Depleted Wolves have shown interest in Josh Howard, Mickael Pietrus
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As injuries mount for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 612 area code has become quite popular among NBA agents the last few days.
With the veteran's minimum of approximately $1.2 million to offer a free agent and a need for bodies with numerous injuries, the Wolves' front office is very active.
Two league sources said the Wolves worked out free agent wing Josh Howard in Dallas on Monday. The team had a healthy contingent there for the night's game vs. the Mavericks. The Wolves have also started talks again with free agent wing Mickael Pietrus' camp. With no salary cap flexibility barring a trade, it's a matter of convincing someone to take what they can offer and enjoy the minutes.
The Wolves turned down the chance to sign free agent power forward Kenyon Martin on Tuesday. Martin is willing to come in for the veteran's minimum.
After hearing that Chase Budinger will miss three to four months with a torn meniscus, the Wolves seem intent on adding someone in the near future. The team can create a roster spot by releasing point guard Will Conroy, or they can apply for an additional roster spot through the league office.
The need for a big body is somewhat minimized by the good news they received on center Nikola Pekovic's left ankle on Tuesday. A source close to Pekovic said, "He's fine. It's just a sprain. There's no structural damage." The source wasn't sure though if he could return as soon as Wednesday for the game vs. Charlotte at Target Center.
Howard, 32, has averaged 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 33% from three-point range in his nine-year career, mostly with the Dallas Mavericks.
Pietrus, 30, has played for four teams in his nine-year NBA career, averaging 8.4 points on 36% shooting from beyond the arc.