T’Wolves strike deals with Madsen, Tskitishvili
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized
contracts with free-agent forwards Mark Madsen and Nikoloz Tskitishvili on
Terms of both deals were not disclosed, although earlier reports indicated
that Madsen re-signed with the Wolves for five years.
Madsen just finished a two-year contract with Minnesota and averaged 2.1
points and 3.1 rebounds in 2004-05. He missed the latter part of the season
with a torn ligament in his right wrist
A five-year veteran, Madsen was part of back-to-back world championship teams
with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2000-01 and 2001-02 campaigns.
Tskitishvili, the fifth overall selection in the 2002 draft by Denver, has
averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 155 games with the Nuggets and Golden
State Warriors, who acquired him last season for forward Eduardo Najera,
guard Luis Flores and a future first-round draft pick.
The seven-footer played just 35 games combined last year and managed 1.4
points and 1.2 boards in 6.2 minutes a game.
“We are pleased to add a versatile young player in Nikoloz,” said Timberwolves
vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale. “He will give us added
depth in our front court.”