Timberwolves sign G Mike James
“We are pleased to sign a veteran player like Mike, who brings the ability to score, shoot from the perimeter and run our offense,” Minnesota vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said. “He is a tough competitor who will be a welcome addition.”
The Timberwolves are trying to surround superstar Kevin Garnett with enough talent to make the team competitive - and prevent him from leaving. After reaching the Western Conference finals in Garnett’s MVP season of 2004, Minnesota has missed the playoffs each of the last two years.
James, 31, is coming off by far the best season of his career. With the Toronto Raptors, he averaged 20.3 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 37.0 minutes, all career highs.
Entering his sixth season, James will move in as Minnesota’s starting point guard alongside veteran Ricky Davis or first-round pick Randy Foye. James shot 44 percent from 3-point range, which will help him play off the steady diet of double-teams drawn by Garnett.
The Wolves are the seventh team for James, who has averaged 11.9 points, 4.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 327 games with Miami, Boston, Detroit, Milwaukee, Houston and Toronto. He was a member of Detroit’s 2004 championship team.