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Updated: July 3rd, 2012 10:54am
Wolves among five teams who have shown interest in veteran Ray Allen

Wolves among five teams who have shown interest in veteran Ray Allen

by Tom Pelissero
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Add another name to the list of veterans the Minnesota Timberwolves may be pursuing.

The team confirmed via Twitter on Tuesday that it was one of four teams on a Monday conference call with free-agent shooting guard Ray Allen. reported earlier in the day the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Chippers and Memphis Grizzlies were the other teams on the call. The Boston Celtics still hope to re-sign Allen, 36, and reportedly have offered him a two-year, $12 million deal.

It seems like a long shot the Wolves will land Allen, whom they drafted fifth overall out of Connecticut in the 1996 NBA Draft but immediately traded to Milwaukee for point guard Stephon Marbury.

The Wolves also confirmed they've met with three other free agents -- center Greg Stiemsma and forwards Nic Batum and Jordan Hill -- and those talks were "very productive" and will continue, according to president of basketball operations David Kahn.

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In this story: Greg Stiemsma