Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves signed forward
Dwayne Jones, a 6-foot-11, 250-pound shot-blocking specialist who left St. Joseph's after three
Jones, who can also play center, led the Atlantic 10 Conference is blocks each season,
earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2004-05. Jones was
also fifth in the nation in rebounds with 11.6 per game.
After going undrafted, Jones was poised to return for his senior
year until the school found out he was considering signing with the
Wolves and ended its attempt to restore his eligibility.
Jones said in July during a minicamp to prepare for Minnesota's
summer league team that he was going to sign a two-year, guaranteed
contract, which would be an unusual deal for an undrafted
Dallas Mavericks: The Mavs hired Rolando Blackman, the
team's all-time leading scorer, and Joe Prunty as assistant coaches
Blackman had spent five years with the Mavericks' player
development staff before serving as the team's television analyst
last year. He played 11 of his 13 seasons with the Mavericks,
averaging 19.2 points.
Prunty enters his first season with the Mavericks after spending
nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, the last three as advance
Seattle SuperSonics: Bob Hill, former head coach of the San Antonio
Spurs and Indiana Pacers, joined the Sonics' coaching
staff as an assistant on Friday.
Ralph Lewis also was hired as an assistant under new Sonics head
coach Bob Weiss. Weiss was hired as Seattle's coach on July 18,
replacing Nate McMillan, who left the Sonics to go to the Portland
Hill has 30 plus years of coaching experience, including stints
in the NBA, CBA, NCAA and international competition. Hill was head
coach at Fordham University from 1999 through 2002.
At San Antonio from 1994-96, Hill led the Spurs to a record of
121-43, won two division titles and guided his team to the Western
Conference Finals in 1995. In that series, the Spurs lost to the
eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets.
During the 1993-94 season, Hill worked as an assistant under
Orlando's Brian Hill and helped the Magic register a 50-win season.
After taking over as head coach for the 9-16 Indiana Pacers in
1991-92, Hill finished the season 32-25.
Hill compiled a 113-108 record during his three seasons with
Indiana from 1990-93.
Lewis was head coach of the Huntsville Flight of the NBA
Development League from 2002 through last season, compiling a 73-71
record in three seasons with the club, including two consecutive