Free agent forward Josh Howard, who played for the Utah Jazz last season, will reportedly sign a 1-year veterans minimum contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a tweet Thursday morning from ESPNs Chris Broussard.
The Wolves were left scrambling to fill various deficiencies to their front court in the wake of franchise forward Kevin Love breaking his hand in the preseason while doing knuckle push-ups. The initial timetable for Love's return was set at five to six weeks, which would put him on schedule for a likely return in early December.
Howard, 32, can defend multiple positions, although at 6'7" should not be seen as a sure-fire replacement particularly for Love while he rehabs his hand.
Howard reportedly worked out with the Wolves on Monday, two days before the injury-riddled Wolves would lose to the Charlotte Bobcats at home. He should expect to play significant minutes while the team deals with a rash of injuries to its core. In addition to Love, the Wolves are without Ricky Rubio, Chase Budinger, JJ Barea, Nikola Pekovic and Brandon Roy.
Drafted in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, Howard has career averages of 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. In 2007, he was voted to the Western Conference All-Star team as a member of the Mavericks.