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Newz Forum: BASKETBALL: Wolves' Spree opts not to go free

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posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 03:47 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Latrell Sprewell is staying with Minnesota, as expected, and the veteran swingman would like to finish his career with the Timberwolves.

Sprewell has exercised his option to make $14.625 million this season. He had until midnight Wednesday to take that salary for 2004-05 or opt out and become a free agent. Sprewell's agent, Robert Gist, and Timberwolves vice president Kevin McHale wanted to wait until Thursday to announce the decision.

Now, Gist and McHale will speak this summer about a three-year contract extension for Sprewell. That would keep him in Minnesota through 2008, when he will be 37.

"Kevin wants to extend, and Latrell wants to accept," Gist said Thursday. "It's been a good team and a good place to play. And there's certainly less distractions there."

Sprewell averaged 16.8 points and 3.5 assists per game last season, his first with the Wolves, and combined with league MVP Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell to form the highest-scoring trio in the NBA. Top-seeded Minnesota advanced to the Western Conference, finals losing in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sprewell averaged 19.8 points and four assists in 18 playoff games.


posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 04:46 PM
certainly a good move by the wolves, as Spree helped their offense out in many ways, when cassell was out of the playoffs spree really played well.

posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 09:16 PM
Yeah, Spree was a great addition, I'm happy to see him stay, but I did see him make some mental errors in the playoffs, he'll get through that.

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