It turns out that Josh Howard’s knee is worse than originally expected and reported. We all thought he had a hyperextended knee from his injury against the New Orleans Hornets. He actually has a torn ACL and because his deal is non-guaranteed, the Wolves have waived him from the roster to open up space to bring someone else in.
What’s weird about this is there were thoughts Howard would play Tuesday against the Miami Heat. Maybe it was a partial tear or it tore during his warmups the other day, but it seems odd that he could have a torn ACL and think he was capable of possibly playing on that knee. The Wolves did tests on his knee this morning and discovered the ACL tear.
The roster stands at 14 and it’s likely the Wolves will try to sign a wing player to give Andrei Kirilenko some rest and give them some decent minutes at both the small forward and shooting guard positions. Some available free agents include Michael Redd, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Ime Udoka. Personally, I’m hoping for a Ricky Davis comeback tour that begins at the Target Center.
Other options could come from the D-League. Travis Leslie is an athletic wing player that was waived by the Clippers before the season started. He jumps out of the gym and has been scoring well with the Santa Cruz Warriors. From the Wolves’ D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Andrew Goudelock is a combo guard leading the team in scoring and Demetris Nichols is the second leading scorer on the team and a 6’6″ wing player.
James Anderson was also recently waived by the San Antonio Spurs to make room for Kawhi Leonard (H/T: @yowhatupT). He’s the best of the lot.
Regardless of where the player comes from, Wolves could use some depth there really soon.