Wolves sign Josh Howard; Waive Will Conroy

I’m a little late to the party but here’s the latest on the injury-riddled Wolves:

The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to terms with free-agent forward Josh Howard, according to league sources.

Howard will add depth to the injury-ravaged Wolves, who lost Chase Budinger to injury earlier this week. Forward Kevin Love, guards Ricky Rubio,J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy also are sidelined with injuries.

Howard, a nine-year veteran, will receive a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum. He is expected to fly to Minnesota for his physical Thursday.

In order to make room for the move, the Wolves had to waive guard Will Conroy. Conroy appeared in four games this season, only hitting one free throw for his only point of the season.

Back to the Howard move, it was certainly much-needed. The injury bug has bitten so badly, the depth at small forward and the front court have suffered. At one point in last night’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Adelman trotted a lineup of Conroy-Lee-Shved-Cunningham-Amundson. Yikes. And without Budinger now, Kirilenko has been forced to play in long stretches, which adds up quickly (He’s played 42, 44, and 44 minutes the last three games). If healthy — a big “IF” — Howard can provide Kirilenko rest more than anything. He’s not a fantastic shooter, he’s definitely lost a stop with age. All he needs to do is fill the void that Budinger left to a certain degree so that Lee or Shved don’t have to play the small forward spot ever again. Ever.

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