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The Insider: Timberwolves sign Mo Williams

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed guard Mo Williams. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“We are excited to bring Mo into the fold this season,” said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. “His veteran leadership and excellent three-point shooting ability will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Williams, 31, appeared in 74 games for Portland last season, averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists in 24.8 minutes per game.He shot 36.9 percent from three-point range, including a 42.2 percent clip over a two-month stretch from January through February. Williams appeared in eight games during the postseason with the Blazers, averaging 7.4 points per game before missing the final three games of the playoffs due to a groin strain.

The 11-year veteran was originally selected by the Utah Jazz in the second round (47th overall pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft.

SMSU hires Monte alum Barnes as assistant

Southwest Minnesota State University head men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler announced Wednesday that Tramel Barnes has been named the new assistant men’s basketball coach at SMSU.

Barnes recently completed his first season as an assistant coach at SMSU in 2013-14 and helped lead the Mustangs to a 19-win season and an appearance in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament semifinals.

Barnes completed a five-year collegiate playing career in 2012-13, including spending the last three at SMSU. He started his career at Northern State University (2008-10), appearing in 48 games with eight starts in two seasons before transferring to SMSU in 2010.

Following a redshirt season in 2010-11, Barnes played in 60 career games for the Mustangs scoring 351 points and grabbing 231 rebounds, while dishing out 159 assists. He finished his SMSU career shooting 82.8 percent from the free throw line ranking sixth in program history. As a senior in 2012-13, he averaged 6.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and ranked second on the squad with 85 assists. He was a member of SMSU’s 2011-12 squad that won the NSIC tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament.


The hours of the Cardinal Youth Football Camp Aug. 4-8 are 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The ending time was stated incorrectly in Wednesday’s paper.

— Reuters/Staff reports