New helpers for KG, Pierce

Updated: January 27, 2006, 1:52 AM ET
By Marc Stein

Ricky Davis or Steve Francis?

The Minnesota Timberwolves, determined to make a splashy move after they were rebuffed in their attempts to pry Ron Artest away from Indiana, opted for the safer dice roll, if there is such a thing.

They chose Davis.

Knowing it needed a shakeup after a 12-6 start was followed by a 9-15 nosedive -- and finally prepared to break up the Kevin Garnett-Wally Szczerbiak combo after 6½ solid but contentious seasons together -- Minnesota ...

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