Price sticks with TWolves; Hawks keep ex-Wizards

Price sticks with TWolves; Hawks keep ex-Wizards
October 27, 2013, 6:00 pm
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(Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports)

A.J. Price didn't have to pursue basketball employment overseas after all.

John Wall's backup last season with the Wizards, Price will have a similar role in Minnesota behind point guard Ricky Rubio.

The Timberwolves announced their final cuts over the weekend. The 6-foot-2 guard who averaged 7.7 points in Washington last season wasn't among them. 

Minnesota decided to keep three point guards - Price is behind Rubio and J.J. Barea - rather than an extra frontcourt option. The Timberwolves waived Chris Johnson, costing the team nearly $1 million due to the forward's guaranteed contract.

The Wizards decided to pursue a different point guard plan this offseason and quickly signed Eric Maynor. Meanwhile, Price waited and waited until landing a training camp invitation from the Timberwolves. Milt Newton, former longtime member of the Wizards front office, became Minnesota's general manager this summer. 

Friends in high places might have helped with the invite, but they're not eating almost $1 million for a buddy. 

*Speaking of former Wizards, Shelvin Mack and Cartier Martin are on the Atlanta Hawks final roster. Martin, who averaged 6.6 points in 41 games for Washington last season, joined Atlanta's camp less than two weeks ago. The Hawks need additional swingman help as injured guard Lou Williams could be out until the All-Star break.

Mack, the Wizards second round selection in 2011, played 31 games for the Hawks last season.