Goodbye L.A.: Madsen moving on to Minnesota

Minnesota Timberwolves: Free agent forward Mark Madsen agreed to terms Monday with the Timberwolves.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 6-foot, 9-inch, 245-pound Madsen, averaged 3.2 points, 2.9
rebounds and 14.5 minutes per game in 54 contests for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002.

"Mark improves our interior presence, as he is a physical,
hard-nosed basketball player," general manager Kevin McHale said
in a statement.

The Timberwolves also announced the signing of veteran free
agent guard Fred Hoiberg, who averaged 2.3 points, 2.2 points, 1.1
assists and 12.4 minutes in 63 games last season with Chicago.

Madsen, a graduate of Stanford University, spent each of his
three NBA seasons with the Lakers. He was a member of the Lakers
championship teams in 2001 and 2002.

"Playing against the Timberwolves in the playoffs was a real
challenge for us in the first round," Madsen said. "And I think
my respect only grew from an already high level."

Los Angeles Lakers: Meanwhile, the Lakers have helped fill Madsen's void by signing free agent Horace Grant.

Grant, a starting forward on the Lakers' NBA championship team of 2001,
signed a contract with the team Monday. Terms were
not announced.

Grant, who turned 38 earlier this month, hasn't played since
being released by the Orlando Magic last Dec. 11. He played only
five games with the Magic last season, averaging 5.2 points and 1.6

Grant is a 16-year veteran who has played in 1,110 games and has
four championship rings. He signed with Orlando in July 2001 and
averaged 8.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in his first season with the

He played in 77 games with the Lakers in 2000-01, averaging 8.5
points and 7.1 rebounds.

The 6-foot-10 Grant has career averages of 11.5 points, 8.3
rebounds and 2.3 assists. He played seven seasons with the Chicago
Bulls before joining Orlando in 1994. He played five seasons with
Orlando and one each with Seattle and the Lakers before returning
to the Magic.