Wolves pick up McCants option despite injury concern

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves exercised the
third-year option on shooting guard Rashad McCants on Tuesday, a
sign the team is confident he fully will recover from serious knee
surgery performed in the offseason.

McCants, Minnesota's first-round pick out of North Carolina last
season, had microfracture surgery on his right knee in June. It's
the same procedure that kept Phoenix star Amare Stoudemire out for
essentially all of last season.

McCants averaged 7.9 points and 1.8 rebounds in his first
season, but blossomed down the stretch when coach Dwane Casey
increased his minutes.

"Rashad demonstrated late last season that he has the ability
to score at this level, and has a tremendous future in this
league," vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said
in a statement issued by the team. "We believe he will fully
recover from his injury and become a valuable member of the
Timberwolves for years to come."

The Timberwolves don't expect him back for at least the first
two months of this season while they take a cautious approach to
his recovery.