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Updated: January 19th, 2013 10:28am
Wolves bring back big man Chris Johnson from D-league

Wolves bring back big man Chris Johnson from D-league

by Darren Wolfson
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are pursuing a trade for a big man, but they'll patch things together for now.

The Wolves signed Chris Johnson to a 10-day contract on Saturday. The team was granted an NBA hardship exception for a 16th roster spot because it has four players out for a minimum of two weeks due to injury.

Johnson was playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League where he was averaging 10.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 25.6 minutes in 14 games. Johnson, 27, was a free agent invitee at the Wolves training camp this past fall.

He appeared in three preseason games and averaged 2 points and 1 rebound. The Wolves waived Johnson on Oct. 27.

The 6-11, 210-pound center/forward was undrafted out of LSU in 2009 and previously had brief NBA stints with Portland (twice), Boston and New Orleans.

The Wolves' frontline took another hit on Thursday, when center Nikola Pekovic suffered a quadriceps contusion. They also lost guard Alexey Shved because of a sprained ankle.

The Wolves also announced Saturday they have signed French swingman Mickael Gelabale, who agreed to terms on Thursday. He was expected to be available against the Rockets on Saturday night.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to
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