Timberwolves sign Mickael Gelabale
As of now, the terms of the contract are not available, but Mickael Gelabale will immediately join the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday as soon as Lazar Hayward's 10-day deal expires. It is unknown at this stage whether Mickael Gelabale too has been signed onto a 10-day contract or he could play out the rest of the season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Mickael Gelabale’s addition helps shore up depth for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who’ve battled numerous injuries to their key players throughout the season. Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love is out with a fractured hand, Brandon Roy is dealing with knee issues, Chase Budinger is rehabbing from a torn meniscus while Malcolm Lee too will be sidelined for a long stretch after undergoing knee and hip surgery. J.J. Barea has been kept limited with back issues, and Ricky Rubio is making a gradual comeback from ACL surgery.
Mickael Gelabale had been playing overseas for Valencia (Spanish League). Over five games for Valencia, Mickael Gelabale has averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds on 40.0 percent shooting from the field while playing 20.3 minutes per game.
However, Mickael Gelabale recently expressed interest in coming back to league, leaving after two seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics.
The Minnesota Timberwolves had been the front-runners amongst teams showing interest in acquiring Mickael Gelabale.
The 29-year-old Mickael Gelabale was a second-round pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2005 drafts. Mickael Gelabale played 109 games for the Seattle Supersonics, averaging 4.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game, before leaving NBA in 2008, to continue his basketball career overseas. Mickael Gelabale boasts a 32.1 shooting percentage from beyond the arc.
The 6-foot-7 Mickael Gelabale signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves makes him the sixth player on the roster with international background.