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Timberwolves sign Dwayne Jones to four-year deal

Knight Ridder Newspapers

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves have reached a four-year contract agreement with undrafted Saint Joseph's center Dwayne Jones.

The first two years of the deal are guaranteed for a total of about $1.1 million. The Wolves hold team options for the third year at more than $700,000 and the fourth year at more than $800,000. The fourth year could be guaranteed if Jones reaches minimum benchmarks in areas such as rebounding and games played during the third season.

NBA free agents will be able to sign their new contracts Thursday, six days later than originally planned.

The league announced the new signing date Friday, on what was supposed to be the day the logjam was broken on several pending deals.

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Jones was the Atlantic 10 Conference's defensive player of the year as a junior in 2004-05, when he ranked fifth in the nation in rebounds (11.6 a game) and blocks (3). He averaged 10.1 points last season.

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