Updated: December 20th, 2012 4:57pm
Wolves waive Josh Howard after he suffers season-ending knee injury

Wolves waive Josh Howard after he suffers season-ending knee injury

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Josh Howard's brief stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves has come to an end.

The Wolves waived the 32-year-old forward/guard on Thursday after an MRI revealed he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter last Friday at New Orleans. The injury is season-ending.

Howard, a nine-year veteran, was signed to a one-year contract in mid-November.

"It's unfortunate to see Josh's season come to an abrupt end due to injury," Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said in a statement. "Due to several injuries, we have an immediate need at the wing position, necessitating today's transaction. Josh was a consummate professional and important contributor to our team in his short time with us and we wish him the best with his recovery."

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune reports there's a good chance guard Malcolm Lee needs surgery on his right knee, possibly micro-fracture surgery, and will be lost for the season.

Howard averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 43 games with Utah last season. He also has played for Washington and Dallas, which drafted him 29th overall in 2003. The Timberwolves passed on Howard, who was a star at Wake Forest, in favor of high schooler Ndudi Ebi, who was a bust.

Howard went on to make an All-Star team in his seven seasons with the Mavericks, emerging as a potent scorer and athletic defender. He had dealt with numerous injuries in recent seasons and this is the latest.

Howard averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 11 games with the Wolves.

The Associated Press contributed

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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