Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Free-agent forward Josh Howard has agreed to a one-year deal with the injury-hit Minnesota Timberwolves, according to league sources.
Sources added that Howard, a nine-year veteran, will earn the veteran’s minimum. He is expected to fly to Minnesota Thursday for his physical.
Howard will beef up the injury-depleted Wolves, who lost Chase Budinger to injury earlier this week. Forward Kevin Love, guards Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Brandon Roy also are sidelined with injuries.
The 32-year-old forward has career averages of 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.
A first-round pick by Dallas in 2003, Howard played for the Mavericks for seven seasons where he enjoyed the best years of his career.
After averaging 8.6 points in his rookie year, Howard’s average rose every year until he achieved a career-best 19.9 points in 76 games during the 2007-2008 season.
Howard’s numbers declined in his last three years with the Mavericks. In his last season with Dallas, he averaged just 12.5 points in 31 games before he was traded to the Washington Wizards for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood.
However, injuries derailed Howard’s career in Washington. He played just 22 games for the Wizards during his two years in Washington.
Howard signed with the Utah Jazz the following year and averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 43 games before he underwent a season-ending arthroscopic left knee surgery.
He turned free agent before the start of the season and expressed interest in playing for the Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs but failed to receive any offer.