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Wolves keep valuable defender Hassell

Updated: August 4, 2004, 8:13 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves matched the Portland Trail Blazers' offer for restricted free agent Trenton Hassell on Wednesday, meaning the team will keep one of its top defenders.

The Blazers signed Hassell to an offer sheet on July 26, and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said then the contract was worth $27 million over six years.

"I'm happy to be staying in Minnesota, and I can't wait for the start of the season to hit the court and get back to work," Hassell said.

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