Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Hudson to become free agent, teaming with KG in Boston an option
MINNEAPOLIS -- The agent for Troy Hudson said Tuesday that
the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to buy out Hudson's
contract, making him a free agent.
Bill Neff said he has reached a verbal agreement with Wolves
owner Glen Taylor to sever ties. The Wolves will pay Hudson just
under $6 million this year and just over $6.3 million next season,
which is about 80 percent of what Hudson was owed.
"It works out fine," Neff said. "Now we have to go find a
team to take a chance on."
One team that could be in Hudson's sights is Boston. The Celtics
completed a blockbuster deal with the Timberwolves on Tuesday that
brought All-Star Kevin Garnett to Boston in exchange for Al Jefferson and six other players.
Garnett and Hudson are good friends who played together in
Minnesota for the last five seasons. The point guard averaged 14.2
points and 5.7 assists in his first season here, parlaying that
into a six-year, $37 million contract.
In fact, Garnett lobbied hard for the Timberwolves to re-sign
Hudson to that deal, but Hudson has struggled with injuries and
inconsistent play ever since. He's started just 39 games in the
last four seasons and averaged 5.9 points and 2.1 assists in 34
games last year.
When the Wolves began shopping Garnett earlier this summer, Neff
said Hudson had had enough.
"That's kind of when Troy decided to pull the plug," Neff
He first requested a trade from the team, and when that didn't
work out, Neff began negotiating a buyout.
Now, Hudson could be headed to Boston with his good buddy. As
the roster stands right now, the Celtics will start next season
with second-year pro Rajon Rondo running the point, creating a need
for a more experienced player either to start at the position or
come off the bench for big minutes.