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Updated: June 29th, 2011 10:47am
Timberwolves exercise options on Wesley Johnson, two others

Timberwolves exercise options on Wesley Johnson, two others

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Timberwolves made three expected procedural moves on Wednesday morning, exercising contract options on Wesley Johnson, Lazar Hayward">Lazar Hayward and Wayne Ellington for the 2012-13 season.

Johnson and Hayward, both rookies last year, had their third-year options exercised. Ellington, a two-year veteran, had his fourth-year option exercised.

Free agency normally would begin on Friday. Instead, the NBA is headed for a lockout that will delay player movement indefinitely.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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