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Timberwolves Waive Nick Wiggins, Kleon Penn and Lorenzo Brown

The Wolves got the roster down to the 15 man limit today by waiving Kleon Penn, Nick Wiggins, and Lorenzo Brown. These were expected cuts.

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As anticipated, the Wolves got down to the 15 man roster limit today by waiving training camp signings Kleon Penn and Nick (brother of Andrew) Wiggins, as well as the partially guaranteed Lorenzo Brown, who spent much of last season with the Wolves, but with three other pure point guards was always on the fringes of this season's roster.

The only roster question coming in to camp was whether the Wolves would keep Brown or Damjan Rudez, who they received in trade from the Pacers for Chase Budinger in a salary cutting move over the summer. Ultimately they chose Rudez, which makes sense given the roster make up. He can fill in at either forward spot and is a terrific three point shooter, something the team can always use.

I, like many, am a fan of Brown, but realistically once the Wolves drafted Tyus Jones and signed Andre Miller, it was going to be difficult for him to make the roster as a 4th (or even 5th for the LaVinian moment) point guard. As much as I appreciate his efforts for the Wolves, he or someone like him is always available during the season if there is an emergency.

It appears that the Wolves will head into the season with a full 15 man roster, as so:

Ricky Rubio
Andre Miller
Tyus Jones
Zach LaVine
Kevin Martin
Andrew Wiggins
Tayshaun Prince
Shabazz Muhammad
Damjan Rudez
Nemanja Bjelica
Kevin Garnett
Adreian Payne
Karl-Anthony Towns
Gorgui Dieng
Nikola Pekovic

Pekovic will be one of the two players on the inactive list (teams can have a maximum of 13 active players for each game) when the season starts Wednesday.

It might be interesting to speculate who else will be inactive on Wednesday.  My guess would be Tyus Jones, though other possibilities include Adreian Payne or conceivably Andre Miller, though that seems unlikely.

Good luck to Kleon Penn, Nick Wiggins, and Lorenzo Brown wherever they wind up. It wouldn't surprise me to see Brown in a Wolves jersey again at some point in the future.