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Sprewell's option expired midnight Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Latrell Sprewell had until
midnight Wednesday to opt out of his contract with the
Timberwolves.

Late Wednesday night, team spokesman Mike Cristaldi said he had
nothing to report on Sprewell's decision.

Robert Gist, Sprewell's agent, didn't return a phone call
seeking comment. Gist told the Star Tribune he would wait until
Thursday to discuss Sprewell's decision.

Sprewell, 33, is scheduled to make $14.625 million next season
with the Wolves if he exercises his option. He averaged 16.8 points
and 3.5 assists per game last season, his first in Minnesota, and
combined with Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell on the highest-scoring
trio in the NBA.

Sprewell averaged 19.8 points and four assists in 18 playoff
games for the top-seeded Timberwolves, who lost 4-2 to the Los
Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

Sprewell, the former New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors
swingman who came to the Wolves in a multi-team trade last summer,
previously has expressed satisfaction with Minnesota. Last week,
Wolves vice president and general manager Kevin McHale said he
would be shocked if Sprewell opted out.