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I think we didn’t write about this because the writers’ room is on summer vacation, but the Wolves have signed Kelan Martin to a two-way contract. Martin was a four year player at Butler, and averaged 21 and six as a senior, making 36 percent of his threes in his last year in college. He spent last season in the German Basketball Bundesliga.

The 6’6” wing played very well for the Wolves’ summer league team, and parlayed that into a two-way contract that should see him in Iowa for most of the year.

The Wolves also signed second round draft pick Jaylen Nowell out of Washington. He played there for two seasons. He profiles as a bit of a combo guard whose primary talent is shooting the ball, something the Wolves certainly need.

Nowell is getting $1.6M guaranteed this season, and has three more non-guaranteed seasons on top of that. It’s a good deal for the Wolves who get a bunch of flexibility with him for several seasons.

That should more or less set the roster.

What else is happening?

Here’s KAT in China a couple of months ago:

Speaking of China, we are a couple of weeks away from the FIBA World Cup, which takes place in China. Josh Okogie will be playing for Nigeria, while Gorgui Dieng will be suiting up (and probably starring) for Senegal.

Elsewhere, ESPN is reporting that DeMarcus Cousins has suffered what might be a serious knee injury. I will be very sad for Boogie if this is the case.

Also, the gray wolf may lose endangered species protections in the United States. The Wolves are already the worst team in NBA history, what more do they want from us?

The Lynx, not the worst team in WNBA history by a long shot, host the best team in the league on Friday night, the Washington Mystics. The Styx controlled the Lynx early in the week in Washington, and look like a title team. Should be a fun one.

Fresh thread for you. I promise we’ll get back to regular content soon.