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The Timberwolf who played the 29th fewest minutes for the franchise (146) is a recent retiree whose name is an anagram for "Ball, Red Rim." If you aren't sure who this is, maybe A Career In Pictures will help:

This center was an Indiana native who led Purdue to four straight March Madness appearances, in the process setting many records, including becoming the first player in school history to have 1,500 points, 800 rebounds and 250 assists. His totals have since been eclipsed by Timberwolves' draftee Robbie Hummell (!).

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When he graduated, the NBA was having a lockout and he played three months in Italy. Undrafted, he eventually signed with the Charlotte Hornets and played for them for two seasons.

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He signed as a free agent with the Bulls, where he once enraged Shaq.


Two years later, he was traded as part of a six-player deal to the Indiana Pacers. During his sole season there, he was named to the All-Star team, sharing with Ben Wallace the feat of being the first undrafted players to become All-Stars.

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In 2003, he was dealt to Sacramento in a sign-and-trade. He was the perfect big man for Rick Adelman's Kings and stayed with the franchise for six years. In 2006 he was the first center in 25 years to have a back-to-back double-double in assists and points.

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In 2009, he was part of a five-player trade that sent him back to Chicago for a year.

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A free agent in 2010, he signed with the Rockets, reuniting him with Adelman.

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He enjoyed dancing with Pek so much that he was happy to be traded over the next off-season to Minnesota, where he would play on a third team for Adelman. After rehabbing from knee surgery, he played the last four months of the season for the Wolves before retiring. Who consoled him? None other than his erstwhile dance partner, Pek.

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Brad Miller, your tenure as a Wolf was not long, but you seemed to be a great teammate. For this, and for your long career as one of the best-passing and shooting centers the NBA has ever seen, we salute you.

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