Wolves sign Hollins to offer sheet

Updated: August 4, 2009, 11:08 AM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed restricted free-agent center Ryan Hollins to an offer sheet and seem likely to get him.

The Dallas Mavericks have seven days to match the offer, but they don't have much need for a third- or fourth-string center. The Mavs signed Drew Gooden last week and are counting on him to back up starter Erick Dampier. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki can also log minutes at center.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban even posted this to his Twitter account Monday: "congrats to ryan hollins. wish him the best w twolves."

Terms of Minnesota's offer were not immediately available.

The 7-foot Hollins was selected from UCLA in the 2006 draft by Charlotte. He played two-plus seasons with the Bobcats before being traded to Dallas in January. Hollins has career averages of 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game.

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn calls Hollins an athletic center who should fit in well on the frontcourt with Kevin Love and Al Jefferson.


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