Source: Timberwolves release center Chris Johnson
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The Timberwolves' season-opening roster appears to be set.
In their third and final needed roster cut, center Chris Johnson was released by the Wolves on Saturday, a source close to the team told 1500 ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson. The Wolves later confirmed the move.
By releasing Johnson, the Wolves must pay him $960,000 in order to buy out the remaining year on his contract.
Johnson's release doesn't come as a surprise as he played only nine minutes in two games throughout the preseason.
The Wolves' latest roster move comes one day after guards Othyus Jeffers and Lorenzo Brown were released.
Unless Minnesota opts to make a free agent, trade or waiver wire move before their season opener Wednesday, forward Robbie Hummel and guard A.J. Price are expected to be on the Wolves' 15-man roster when they begin the year against the Orlando Magic.