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Olowokandi joins Timberwolves

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Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - The Minnesota agreed to terms Wednesday with free agent center . Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but earlier reports have Olowokandi inking a three-year deal. Olowokandi spent the first five seasons of his career with the after being drafted by Los Angeles with the top overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. His playing time was limited last season after he underwent an exploratory arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in February. In 36 games, he averaged 12.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.19 blocks per contest. "Michael will have a huge impact with us as a shot-blocker and defender," said head coach Flip Saunders. "He is an athletic player, who will help us on both ends of the court. He has good size and is a solid low-post scorer." Olowokandi will help fill the void left by the departure of free agent Rasho Nesterovic, who reportedly reached a long-term deal with San Antonio.

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