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Timberwolves sign Gary Trent

MINNESAPOLIS, Minn., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves added some frontcourt depth Tuesday by signing free agent forward Gary Trent.

Trent spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, who opted not to re-sign the oft-injured forward. He averaged just 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 33 games with Dallas last season, his sixth in the NBA.

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When healthy, the 6-8, 250-pound Trent can provide rebounding and low-post scoring. The 1995 first-round pick has averaged 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 294 games with Portland, Toronto and Dallas.

During the offseason, the Timberwolves re-signed forward Joe Smith, who played one season for Detroit. They also decided not to re-sign forward LaPhonso Ellis and are trying to work out a buyout of the contract of forward Tom Hammonds, who has a foot injury that likely will prevent him from playing this season.

In the lockout-shortened 1999 season, Trent averaged career highs of 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds, finishing third in Most Improved Player voting.

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