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Timberwolves announce Summer League roster

The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced the roster for the 2014 Summer League squad.

The list is highlighted by current Wolves players Alexey Shved, Gorgui Dieng, and Shabazz Muhammad, as well as this year’s draft picks Zach LaVine and Glenn Robinson III. The head coaching responsibilities for the squad will be split among the assistants on Flip Saunders’ staff. Here’s a link to the release on the team’s website.

Other players of note include forward D.J. Kennedy (St. John’s, ’11) guard Brady Heslip (Baylor, ’14), and forward/center Jordan Morgan (Michigan, ’14).

Kennedy most recently played in Israel, but was an NBA D-League All-Star prior to that and was named to the Third Team All-D-League squad. He’s a 36.6% career three-point shooter over 93 games in the D-League and played in two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Heslip is an absolute sharpshooter out of Baylor, knocking down 46.5% of his long range shots his senior year while attempting 6.7 per game. Over three years, he shot three-pointers at a 43.7% clip at the collegiate level. He’s only 6′ 2″ and is a poor defender, but should be fun to watch in the no-defense Summer League.

Jordan Morgan is listed as a center but is also listed at just 6′ 8″. He was a good four-year player at the University of Michigan, and would potentially have a shot at catching on in the NBA as an undersized big man if he remains active on the glass and in the paint. He was effective on good Wolverines teams and should see solid minutes for the Wolves’ Summer League entry.

Look for Shved and Dieng to see limited minutes and potentially not play in every game as the coaching staff tries them out at point guard and power forward, respectively. Muhammad should see heavy minutes, alongside LaVine and Robinson. LaVine should have a good showing, as the Summer League tends to be pretty wide open and generally sloppy, allowing players to showcase their athleticism in the open court.

The rest of the Wolves roster is below. Training camp for this squad begins tomorrow, and the first game will be played on Saturday, July 12.

2014 Minnesota Timberwolves Summer League Roster


No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate Most Recently NBA Exp.
30 LaRon Dendy F 6-9 230 12/18/88 Ferro-ZNTU (Ukraine) R
24 Mamadi Diane F 6-5 205 11/09/86 Boulogne (France) R
5 Gorgui Dieng F/C 6-11 245 01/18/90 Minnesota Timberwolves 1
44 Kyrylo Fesenko C 7-1 280 12/24/86 Canton Charge (NBDL) 5
3 Brady Heslip G 6-2 180 06/19/90 Baylor R
31 Dennis Horner F 6-9 230 02/05/88 Bakersfield Jam (NBDL) 1
4 D.J. Kennedy G 6-6 215 11/05/89 Hapoel Holon (Israel) 1
8 Zach LaVine G 6-5 180 03/10/95 UCLA R
25 Jordan Morgan C 6-8 250 09/15/91 Minnesota Timberwolves R
15 Shabazz Muhammad G/F 6-6 222 11/13/92 UCLA 1
22 Glenn Robinson III F 6-6 220 01/08/94 Michigan R
1 Alexey Shved G 6-6 182 12/16/88 Minnesota Timberwolves 2
7 Markel Starks G 6-2 175 02/21/91 Georgetown R

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