Thursday , Jul , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

T’Wolves welcome free agent James to the pack

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed
free agent guard Mike James. It’s reportedly a four-year deal worth $23
million.

“We are pleased to sign a veteran player like Mike who brings the ability to
score, shoot from the perimeter and run our offense,” Timberwolves vice
president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said. “He is a tough
competitor who will be a welcome addition.”

James enjoyed a career year last season, averaging 20.3 points and 5.8 assists
for the Raptors. The five-year veteran has posted averages of 11.9 points
and 4.1 assists for his career, which includes stops in Miami, Boston,
Detroit, Milwaukee, Houston and Toronto.

James, who was undrafted out of college, is looking to settle in at the point
for Minnesota, a position the team sorely needed to address this offseason.
The Timberwolves acquired Villanova’s Randy Foye in a draft-day trade, who
along with James, figures into the mix at the point with incumbents Troy
Hudson and Marko Jaric.

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