MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves were serious about that commitment to youth.
They continued their rebuilding project Wednesday by sending two more veteran starters away, creating further opportunities for their young players to play as the post-Kevin Garnett keeps unfolding.
Ricky Davis and Mark Blount, who started 81 games apiece last season, were traded to the Miami Heat for three players and a first-round draft pick. Antoine Walker, Michael Doleac and Wayne Simien were acquired by the Timberwolves, but vice president Kevin McHale said he was still shaping the roster and indicated not all of the new players would report to the team.
The deal left Minnesota with a whopping 18 players on the roster, needing to reduce that number to 15 before the Monday evening deadline.
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CLIPPERS 92, KINGS 90, at Los Angeles -- Tim Thomas hit a tiebreaking 16-foot jumper with 12.9 seconds left lift Los Angeles.
Mike Bibby had 28 points for the Kings, but failed to score in the final 3:55 and committed a costly turnover with less than a minute to play. Both teams combined for 57 fouls.
Bibby made eight of 12 shots in the first three quarters -- four of them from 3-point range -- but the rest of the team was 15-for-45 from the field.
The Clippers led by as many as 10 points midway through the third quarter before Bibby's short running bank shot with 10 seconds left in the period put the Kings ahead 69-67.
DURANT SPRAINS ANKLE -- Kevin Durant, the No. 2 pick in the draft by the SuperSonics, suffered a sprained ankle Tuesday and didn't play Wednesday.