Wolves sign rookie free agent Dwayne Jones
Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves signed forward Dwayne Jones, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound shot-blocking specialist who left St. Joseph's after three years. Jones, who can also play center, led the Atlantic 10 Conference is blocks each season, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004-05. Jones was also fifth in the nation in rebounds with 11.6 per game.
After going undrafted, Jones was poised to return for his senior year until the school found out he was considering signing with the Wolves and ended its attempt to restore his eligibility.
Jones said in July during a minicamp to prepare for Minnesota's summer league team that he was going to sign a two-year, guaranteed contract, which would be an unusual deal for an undrafted prospect.
Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs hired Rolando Blackman, the team's all-time leading scorer, and Joe Prunty as assistant coaches on Friday.
Blackman had spent five years with the Mavericks' player development staff before serving as the team's television analyst last year. He played 11 of his 13 seasons with the Mavericks, averaging 19.2 points.
Prunty enters his first season with the Mavericks after spending nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, the last three as advance scout/assistant coach.
Ralph Lewis also was hired as an assistant under new Sonics head coach Bob Weiss. Weiss was hired as Seattle's coach on July 18, replacing Nate McMillan, who left the Sonics to go to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hill has 30 plus years of coaching experience, including stints in the NBA, CBA, NCAA and international competition. Hill was head coach at Fordham University from 1999 through 2002.
At San Antonio from 1994-96, Hill led the Spurs to a record of 121-43, won two division titles and guided his team to the Western Conference Finals in 1995. In that series, the Spurs lost to the eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets.
During the 1993-94 season, Hill worked as an assistant under Orlando's Brian Hill and helped the Magic register a 50-win season. After taking over as head coach for the 9-16 Indiana Pacers in 1991-92, Hill finished the season 32-25.
Hill compiled a 113-108 record during his three seasons with Indiana from 1990-93.
Lewis was head coach of the Huntsville Flight of the NBA Development League from 2002 through last season, compiling a 73-71 record in three seasons with the club, including two consecutive playoff appearances.
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