As luck would have it, a replacement was waiting right there for them when they arrived in New Orleans to play the Pelicans this weekend.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Wolves are closing in on a deal with sharpshooter Omri Casspi.
The Timberwolves coveted Casspi to replace Nemanja Bjelica, who was lost last week with a season-ending foot injury.More news: Twitter hails courageous and progressive Sesame Street for new autistic Muppet Julia
The Wolves arrived in New Orleans on Saturday to finish a three-game road trip. The plan was for Casspi to accompany the Timberwolves on the team flight back to Minnesota and finalize the contract on Monday. He was shipped to New Orleans in the Boogie trade and appeared in just one game before breaking his thumb.
But Casspi returned from the injury ahead of schedule. The Pelicans waived him immediately after.
Minnesota now is 4.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.More news: Arsene Wenger 'Determined' to Stay at Arsenal
Casspi, 28, has career averages of 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 486 games over eight National Basketball Association seasons.
Casspi joined the Sacramento Kings in 2009 and played there for two years, when he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers where he played for another two years, spending much of his time on the bench.
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