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Wolves' Casey still searching for assistants

Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dwane Casey built up quite a sweat during the first day of Minnesota's summer league minicamp.

And there is still plenty of work to be done for the Timberwolves' new coach. First, he must finish filling out his staff. Though Casey has not made any official announcements, he said Tuesday evening that he has picked three of his five assistants -- Vince Taylor, Rex Kalamian and Don Zierden.

The process is complicated by the fact that most teams have already finalized their staffs, requiring the Wolves to ask permission for interviews with many candidates.

Zierden was an assistant under former coach Flip Saunders. Kalamian spent last season as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets, and Taylor has been an assistant at the University of Louisville.

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Those three will supervise Minnesota's team -- made up of rookies, prospects vying for an invitation to training camp and 2003 first-round draft pick Ndudi Ebi -- in the six-team, five-day summer league that begins Friday at Target Center.

JONESING FOR A SPOT: Dwayne Jones, a 6-foot-11 center from Saint Joseph's, went undrafted and was poised to return for his senior season until the school found out he was considering signing with the Wolves and ended its attempt to restore his eligibility.

Jones, who was fifth in the nation in rebounding with 11.6 per game and fifth in blocked shots with 3.0, participated in Minnesota's minicamp on Tuesday with 16 other players. Jones said he is planning on signing a two-year, guaranteed contract -- a quite unusual deal for an undrafted prospect.

Because of the league's moratorium on free agent signings that lasts until July 22, the team is not permitted to discuss the situation.

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