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Gomes agrees to 5-year deal

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves and restricted free agent forward Ryan Gomes have agreed in principle on a five-year pact.

Gomes was one of five players acquired by the Wolves last summer in the big trade with Boston for Kevin Garnett. Gomes played in all 82 games, 74 as a starter, and averaged a career-best 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds.

The deal was agreed upon Friday, agent Bob Myers said. Gomes was expected to sign the contract today.

The Timberwolves, who went 22-60 last season, have 14 players under contract plus restricted free agent forward Chris Richard. Only five of those players are older than 25, and Gomes — who turns 26 on Sept. 1 — is the oldest member of the young core.

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Gomes is active in charity work in Minnesota and Connecticut, his home state, and has become a strong supporter of portable defibrillation devices, which are used to restore normal heart rhythm to a person in cardiac arrest.

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