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Report: Timberwolves re-sign Robbie Hummel to one-year contract


Robbie Hummel couldn’t stay healthy at Purdue.

After being drafted No. 58 by the Timberwolves in 2012, he went to Spain – and couldn’t stay healthy there.

Minnesota signed Hummel to a one-year, minimum-salary contract last summer. Then, he finally stayed healthy enough to do what he does: Shoot 3-pointers.

Playing 12.4 minutes per game in 53 contests, including five starts, last season, Hummel attempted a majority of his shots from beyond the arc. The 6-foot-8 forward made 36 percent of his 3-pointers.

That earned him a second one-year deal.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

Hummel’s minimum salary is $816,482, and the Timberwolves can re-sign him for up to $979,778 using Early Bird Rights. It sounds as if Hummel signed with the Early Bird Exception.

Minnesota could have also used a portion of the mid-level exception to sign him, but anything above a minimum contract already seems generous.

Hummel, 25, probably doesn’t have much upside remaining. But as long as he protects the ball as well as he did last season, he’ll get a chance to keep making rosters. Hummel turned the ball over just 10 times in 655 minutes. Only Ryan Anderson played more and posted a lower turnover percentage.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.